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Web Developer's Journal: Learning to Like Linux

Nov 04, 2000, 14:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Tanguay)

"...to appreciate what Linux is, all this difficulty needs to be understood in terms of Linux's recent growth. In the last two years, I have seen Linux make tremendous jumps in usability:"

"In December 1998, I tried to installed a Red Hat version but could not even get it up to the text login prompt. ... In October 2000 I installed Suse Linux 7.0 with one DVD disk, it automatically recognized my mouse, sound card, graphics card, and after two weeks of the configuring described above, I have a usable system which for the first time compares to a Windows system. Quite an awesome two-year catch-up record!"

"As soon as Linux hits a critical point of acceptance and standardization, its cost-effectiveness and scalability should make it irresistible to wide sections of the corporate community (e.g. companies who want to buy one $60 CD and install it on 100 or 1000 or 10,000 of their computers at no extra cost). The cost of hiring a team of Linux experts will be small in comparison to the license fees that companies would otherwise pay to Microsoft. Costs of upgrading and scalability will be negligible in comparison."

"As a 21st century Web developer, you need to become familiar with Linux at some level. Linux is very different than Windows and will burn away many of your learning hours before you are productive with it. Yet Linux's growth shows that it is on the way to becoming both the front and back office operating system of choice for many businesses, organizations, schools and individuals in the 21st century. If you are still a Windows-only Web developer, learn to like Linux now. You may actually like what you're missing!"

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