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osOpinion: Yet Another Problem With Windows 2000

Sep 13, 2000, 06:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Les Brunswick)

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"Windows 2000 was finally released early this year, and organizations are going through a process of deciding whether or not to convert over to it. This is a complicated question, and many articles have been published about the pluses and minuses of this new piece of software. However, there is one extremely important problem with W2K that has received virtually no attention."

"To see what this problem is, you have to understand Microsoft's long-range strategy. From the beginning, Microsoft's goal with NT/2000 has been to displace all other operating systems in enterprises and other large organizations, with the immediate target being the various versions of Unix. To do this, NT/2000 would have to match Unix on key variables, including scalability and stability...."

"An organization that presently uses NT 4.X has three options: stay with its present operating system, convert over to 2000, or bite the bullet and switch over to Unix/Linux. In deciding which option to take, the organization needs to look not just at where 2000 is right now, but what is going to happen in the long term. Everyone agrees that converting over to 2000 is a massive project. If organizations realize that, only a few years later, they will be asked to undergo yet another huge, expensive conversion effort, they may well decide to switch."

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