Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Ben Cartwright ] on Sunday 12 March 2006 20:59 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Title: Six Vistas "an IT nightmare"
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>>> | "It's ridiculous," says Steven Enright, senior network manager at
>>> | Glenwood Management, a large New York residential property management
>>> | firm.
>>> | His point is that by splitting its OSes into multiple SKUs (stock
>>> | keeping units), Microsoft has potentially added significant extra work
>>> | for already overloaded system administrators.
>>> | Whether the final tally reaches six or eight, or if you focus only on
>>> | the two enterprise Vista versions, Vista Business and Windows
>>> | Enterprise, the headache to IT administrators is still considerable.
>> 5742 Linux distros. Now theres a IT Nightmare if I ever saw one.
> Many of these *cough* 5742 *cough* distributions are rarely and arcanely
> used. On the contrary, for Microsoft it is a strategic choice that fragments
> If you consider 95% of the Linux market, you probably have /less/ than 6-8
> Linux distributions. Many of them are merely the same, only with a different
> composition of 'Lego pieces'. Then, come to consider old versions of
> Windows. That makes matters even worse, especially as patching is ever more
> crucial, due to bad modularity and a flawed RPC model. Wait and see.
There's a deeper issue here, too. The various Linux distros are all
essentially doing the same thing, and are not crippled in some way to
prevent usage of certain functions without paying for additional
licences. Thus, a given Linux distro can be selected and used for most
tasks; should it prove unsuitable in some way, it can readily be
replaced for merely the cost of the work - there are no hidden vendor
lock-in costs, no additional licence fees or whatever. There is no
comparison here - Linux is a clear leader.
| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
Dr. Livingston I. Presume?