osOpinion: Should we be learning Linux?Jun 27, 2000, 05:52 (7 Talkback[s])
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"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."
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