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Linux Linux Everywhere?

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Category: 2002 Published on Saturday, 28 February 2009
Mike Berman
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Now that that's settled, let's take a closer look as to why these com-panies are making the move.

1) It's less expensive to provide an open-source operating system such as Linux than to install Windows 2000 or one of the various flavors of Unix.

2) Since it's an open source operating system, you can write your own code to solve any problems you may have or most likely find solutions to your problems in any of several hundred Linux newsgroups or bulletin boards.

3) Linux takes up much less space on the server than other operating systems and requires less overhead (processing power and memory) to run.

4) There are now hundreds of bus-iness applications that can run on Linux, including "office" products from Sun and Corel. And, because it's an open source operating system, dozens of new apps are being developed every day.

In addition, a recent study of com-panies employing 100 people or more conducted by IDC and Red Hat Software discovered "associated costs with Linux are not only dramatically lower for the hardware and software, as you might expect, but also comparable or lower for staffing--which you might not expect."

Also, companies such as Red Hat now have technical support available for anyone having problems with with memory leaks or any other Linux bug.

The list goes on, and on, and on ad infinitum.

Now, we can all bury our heads in the sand and say we'd rather sink than switch, but the fact is that Linux will soon become the standard operating system for a majority of servers being manufacturered by the computer giants.

And, as this trend continues, software companies, such as Oracle, will have to climb on board or watch their bottom lines go South.

What do Oracle, Sun and IBM have in common?

They're all running Linux in one form or another.

Who would've thought this day would ever come?

Here's a quote directly from IBM's website at http://www.ibm.com/linux:

"Linux is a revolutionary Open Source platform that is stable, secure, scalable and powerful; offering today's busi-nesses the flexibility to innovate for success. IBM is proud to work within this community, to nurture Linux and help it thrive"

Who the? What the? Wow!!!!

Even Looney Larry at good ole Oracle Corporation is looking to move from Sun to Linux by the end of the summer.

In fact, three of the biggest players in the computer industry are using Linux.

Now, before all of you Linux-ers start dancing a jig and fling Microsoft Windows XP CDs out the window, there's one final question to be asked here.

Is it the right choice?

No, and here's why:

There isn't a brand of Linux out there that's ready for primetime. How in the he-double hockey sticks can an OpenSource OS be considered by these three major players? Is it all about the bottom line and saving money?

What about the poor systems admin-istrators that have to spend countless waking hours trying to figure out why the system just crashed when the new kernel was applied? Is support now going to be done via newsgroups instead of calling professional services? Will I be able to get a direct line to Linus Torvalds himself? Or will I simply need to track down the bugger that is responislble for the memory leak in kernel 2.4.7?

I'd be much happier sticking with Sun Solaris and dealing with cluster patches once a year rather than dealing with kernel changes, tweaks and constant updates to a set of Linux servers.

The only thing Linux should be used for in a major corporation is running a web server. That and maybe a footrest if it's sitting on level ground.

Signing off again,
Frustrated Systems Administrator #25431

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