"One of IT consultant Robert Hubbard's corporate clients runs
Red Hat Linux. Linux was chosen because the company's programmers
need flexibility to dabble with source code and create custom
programs. Big trouble ensued, however, when a remote programmer
flexed too much. In this instance, Hubbard thinks that Linux was
the wrong choice.
"In March, Hubbard was involved in fixing a problem--the one
mentioned above and detailed below--when he read
SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's 'Wrong Choice' series of articles.
Hubbard said his client had problems, like poor scalability and
inadequate vendor support, with Linux in enterprise environments.
He noted that his consulting firm, Pasadena, Calif.-based Epic
Microsystems Global Inc., is not a Microsoft partner, and he has
worked with Unix and Linux systems for years.
"In March, Hubbard visited the Southern California headquarters
of a client, a large company in a vertical market. He noticed a
high-pitched sound coming from a server running Red Hat Linux 7.1.
'A change the programmer made caused the RAID controller to go into
alert, and the two external drives are no longer mirroring,' he