"Linux servers are the smart business choice; Windows servers
are not. In this series we'll look at how server and network admins
can get started learning Linux, and in future installments learn
about excellent Linux/FOSS servers and software for all business
"To oldtime Linux server admins it seems quaint that in this new
millennium, the year 2011 in the 21st century, there are still a
considerable number of IT managers and staffers who think the world
begins and ends with Microsoft Windows, with all the lardy,
vulnerable application stack that goes with it, and the horrible
customer-hostile pricing and End-User Licensing Agreements (EULA).
The best thing I can say about a Windows IT infrastructure is
you're paying top dollar for something that sort of works OK.
Though it is without peer at fueling the World Wide Botnet.
"The good news is there are all kinds of excellent alternatives
in the Linux and Free/Open Source software (FOSS) world. Keep in
mind that "Free" means free as in liberty, not free as in no cost,
though much FOSS is free of cost. Far more important is you get
access to source code, open standards and formats, and enjoy
liberal rights as an end user and developer. FOSS does not punish
you for license violations the way that proprietary software
companies do. There are no FOSS patent trolls, the Business
Software Alliance will not be sicced on you, and nobody will try to
extort all kinds of money from you because they think you
trespassed on their sacred Intellectual Property. That is a nasty
vague propaganda term that I prefer to shorten to Eye Pee, because
Eye Pee is appropriately vulgar and silly."