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SearchEnterpriseLinux: The Wrong Choice: Firms Balk, Considering Linux Too 'Bleeding Edge'

Apr 04, 2003, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Some companies don't want to walk on the bleeding edge of a technology. In these true tales from the Linux trenches, two large companies didn't even want to test the edge to see if it was still sharp.

"All of the reports in SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's 'Wrong Choice' series are submitted by IT professionals and verified by our editors. The IT pros share their experiences to help their peers hone their Linux pitches. In some cases, mostly to protect their jobs, the contributors choose to remain anonymous and/or not name their companies.

"Consultant Jaime Keener recalled a Linux pitch that was jinxed by an IT director's 'fear of the unknown.' Keener had recommended Red Hat Linux as the best file server for a large organization. He set up a server running Red Hat and demonstrated its ease of operation, security features and strong file-serving capabilities. The IT director, who had limited knowledge of the Linux operating system, balked..."

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