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TechRepublic: Preparing for Linux in your enterprise

Apr 09, 2001, 17:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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"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.'"

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