The article makes some very valid points.
When you want a shrink-wrapped, one-size-fits-all solution, and you
don't really care about silly things like security, stability,
reliability, or performance, and you want to put only one component in
each Windows machine, and run redundant hot-standby "brother" for each
of these component servers, and you don't mind paying high prices for
server licences, application licenses, and client access licenses, you
should buy Micrososft.
If you want the tools and applications which can be easily custom
tailored, data that can be made more useful through simple
transformation, and a platform that can be streamlined to provide
performance, security, stability, availability, supportability, and
managibility - all at the same time, then you might want to consider
Linux or Unix.
Yes, I suggested both, in the same sentence.
Linux is very powerful and flexible, but for some applications other
versions of UNIX might be more desirable. For example, if you need a
single image machine with the power of 64 processors working in tandem,
looking as if it were running on a single processor, then Solaris,
HP_UX, or AIX might be a better choice.
If you want that security, availability, supportability, and
performance, but you don't want to have to do ANY customization and
still want shrink-wrapped software, then you should probably go with a
If you don't need a lot of performance, but you want the rest of the
goodies, you may also want to consider FreeBSD.
If you want to put lots of lightweight servers in franchise operations
about the size of a McDonalds, Burger King, or Pizza Hut, you should
probably call SCO, they have an outstanding support organization for
this type of operation. Caldera sold thousands of Linux systems to
these organizations, but they needed the SCO support organization for
their experience in being able to manage and support servers that were
never seen by anybody but the installer (they are locked in a closet
that requires the franchise and the owner to open).
Maybe when SCO fires Daryl McBride, they will be able to bring back
Ransom Love, and let him continue to grow a legitimate and successful