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osOpinion: Will Linux be the Bridge that Unites Us?

Jul 04, 2000, 23:58 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Chick)

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"Is NetWare the better OS, or is it NT, Linux or Unix, and if it is Unix--what flavor? Myself, I don't know that I have ever known the answer to that, each one has had it's place in a server room, some better suited than others, while others were shaped by what the accounting department and other department software packages dictate."

"From these articles that I write, I receive a substantial amount of e-mail from computer and network people alike from around the world, and many times I'm surprised when I discover that the e-mail I just read was from someone where English wasn't their first language. Regardless of their nationality, they all seem to speak about just how disappointed they are with the Software Company of the operating system that they've dedicated their career to."

"NT Admins say that they don't like how Microsoft turned their backs on them by retiring their certification, so that they can cash in on the next version of certifications. Novell Admins are afraid that they are administering a dinosaur and are going to be left behind, and there are Unix Admins that feel like all of their loyal efforts have gone commercial. I don't know if these companies simply forgot who's been supporting them all of these years, don't care or if their hands are tied by board members and stock shares. Whatever their reasons, they better be careful because Linux is starting to look a whole hell of lot better. This ugly little duckling, (or penguin) just found a new market, a bunch of NT, NetWare and Unix administrators that are tired of being used to sell product and certifications like Amway salespeople / customers."

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