Though this article eventually concerns itself specifically with
Linux and Windows 2000 as they relate to Domino, it provides a
sober (and friendly enough) interview with a pair of advocates. It
seems like "the Linux guy" gives up more points, but it's an
interesting piece that goes into issues of TCO and migrating from
Domino/NT to Domino/Linux.
You could look back and you could say that when Linux
first came out, it was a pain in the neck to set up and to
administer because it was all from the command line. It was all
individual packages. Since then, the vendors have worked really
hard at making it so that setting up a system is easy. For example,
there is this concept of a Linux kick-start server, wherein a user
boots a new machine off a floppy that connects to this kick-start
server and installs a "default" Linux system on the new machine.
And because Linux has remote administration, our system admins can
remotely administer those machines as well. Additionally, one of
the things they have done is added these nice GUIs to do the
administering. So it's come a huge way.
Now compared to Windows 2000, each platform has its own tools to
do things and each one has remote administration. A new user who
has never done administration is going to have about the same
learning curve. However, if I'm a Windows administration person and
I'm moving over to Linux, it's going to be a pain. But it's the
same way going from Linux to Windows because everything is hidden
and there's not one place to go for administration. There is the
control panel, but then there's also system management, and so on.
There's not one, single thing for administration. Linux has some of
these same issues, so it's very similar. I actually see them as
similar products in their administration nowadays.
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