"The first problem to tackle is, 'Do I really want Linux?' Of
course, that's a tough and complex question, so let's consider some
of the positives and negatives."
"Linux has many advantages. It's generally very stable. It
natively talks in TCP/IP. It does routing. It can perform as a
server for just about any type of service you may want. It's fast
and efficient. Overhead is minimal. Above all, it's very reasonable
since there are no client licenses to purchase. And open source
means you have the power of flexibility and customization."
"There are some particular disadvantages. Currently, there's a
lack of centralized support for all distributions of Linux. It's
not widely used in enterprises, so finding other qualified people
to run it is sometimes rather difficult. Not to mention the fact
that Microsoft would love to kill Linux and is currently expending
untold energy and effort to do so. Configuration, although much
better than a few years ago, frequently involves digging into
configuration files to find 'just the right parameter.'"