RE: [fw-wiz] MJR on Linux/OSS
From: Bruce Smith (bruce_the_loon_at_tiscali.co.za)
To: "'Marcus J. Ranum'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 22:51:14 +0200
And a holy war begins. Has the fatwah been declared yet?
Marcus is both right and very, very wrong. He's right that Unix/Linux is
fragmented and that code on one Unix system doesn't run on another and goes
on to name Sun, Linux and BSD. From what I've seen of commercial unixs,
Solaris, SunOS and HP-UX are my experience areas and the Linuxes, that was a
problem even before Linux hove on the scene. FreeBSD which predated Linux as
a usable system had its ports collection to match code bases to its
compilers and libraries.
Where he's badly wrong is the reason that Linux as-is is not going to be a
main-stream server OS until it can be fixed. It's not the UI or the subtle
differences between flavors. Where it goes wrong is that lack of easy
management for critical components that make managing it easy. Ever try to
set disk quota's on Linux? Windows = 2 areas on a management page. Linux
means rebuilding kernels, configging weird parameters and then finding the
whole thing doesn't really work properly. There's plenty of other little
areas where it falls apart as well. Printer configuration, e-mail server
management and so on.
Come on Linux, catch a wakeup.
Linux Engineer/Windows Desktop User
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