Re: sick of Linux bias
From: Stephen K. Gielda (steve_at_packetderm-no-spam.com)
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 23:49:46 -0500
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 05:24:54 +0000, Skorpion (CET) wrote:
> <snipped alex's part, sorry alex>
> > First, let me say this is not intended as argumentative. I have no idea of
> > your friend's business model.
> > On the other hand, Linux falls into my business plans wonderfully. My market
> > involves the residential and small business user.
> > In that market, Linux can be the low-cost solution as compared to other
> > closed-source solutions. The trust the client places in the solution is based
> > on trusting me, my knowledge, and my ability to configure; not on trusting
> > the software/hardware.
> > The other type of user in my market is the one that has already installed a
> > Linux OS but did not recognize that Linux requires a greater knowledge base
> > to be used effectively. These are the people that either hand the system over
> > to me for continued maintenance or they wish to be taught by me. Again, their
> > trust is placed in me, personally.
> > Hmmm, as I write this, I suddenly realize that marketing/presenting myself as
> > "trustworthy" in all respects of consulting is where I need to spend some
> > time...
> > Thanks for giving me that revelation, however indirectly.
> Uhm, I humbly submit that Linux does not require "greater knowledge"
> rather it requires "different knowledge" if coming from Windows. If coming
> from other Unix there is very little extra needed.
Well, different knowledge in terms of the underlying OS functionality.
But it does require far more technical knowledge of devices, especially
for those off brand devices. It has gotten far better with it's device
support, but there are still some things which you need to have a solid
understanding of addresses, interrupts, etc. I've found that most die
hard windows admins don't pick up unix os's as fast as a unix admin will
pick up a windows os. That's probably because of the intimate knowledge
of computer functionality required to really know unix.
Anyway, the best techie can operate in either equally as well. This is
especially valuable in todays increasingly mixed environments. Same
holds true for adding networking knowledge to the mix. Anyone who
sticks with only one OS will find themselves less valuable in todays
market than the person who can operate well in any.
-- You simply cannot get more server side control of your e-mail without running your own mail server and knowing how to program. http://www.cotse.net/privacyservice.html