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ComputerBits: Unix vs. Windows NT: A Religious Debate?

Apr 04, 2001, 17:00 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Randolph)

"An on-going debate in the computer industry has reached religious proportions. One side lauds the virtues of the Unix operating system, while the other worships at the altar of Windows NT. Which side is correct?"

"Before researching this article, I had accumulated mainly street knowledge of both Unix and Windows. I had gleaned information from programmers, instructors, computer retailers, and assorted tech publications on the subject. But now my eyes are open a little wider. I may not have seen the light, but I see the whole picture better."

"The information that follows might add some fuel to the fire. One thing is clear, though: The choice between operating systems will depend on each individual user's application. Looking to set up a DNS server? How about an intranet? Starting an ISP service? Need individual workstations for general office applications (word processing, e-mail)? Managing a large database? The answers to these questions will probably determine which platform you'll choose."

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