osOpinion: Should we be learning Linux?
Jun 27, 2000, 05:52 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Chick)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to Kelly
McNeill for this link. ]
"Still upset about Microsoft retiring my cert to cash in on
the next wave of new certifications, I too accompanied all the
administrators in my department, with torches in hand, and stormed
off to the local software store to purchase ourselves some
Linux. Upon arriving we found that there were a few to choose
from, we chose Red hat and were on our way back to the office.
Oddly enough, while we were there, I did notice that Windows 2000
was nowhere to be seen. There was one or two upgrade packs to
Windows 98, but nothing else. I don't think I've ever been into a
software store and didn't see Windows wallpapering the stands,
what's up with that? Anyways, back to Linux."
"Despite being an experienced network administrator with some
Unix and Linux experience under my belt from a few years back,
Linux was still a challenge for me. It installed without a hitch,
and it detected all my systems hardware, which I don't remember
seeing it do that before, but I was really only interested in a
mail server and web server."
"One very nice benefit that I've noticed with using Linux is
that you haven't sold your soul after your first install. No one
dictates when and how you will use it. You may change any feature
that doesn't work for you or your company, you can rewrite the
entire program if it suits you, and you don't feel like your money
has gone to support the evil empire. I've always been uncomfortable
with the fact that my career has been so vendor specific. Whether
it's NT, UNIX, or Netware, you become a decibel of the company, and
you serve a master that answers to stockholders."