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Windows Server 2003.... no, RedHat Linux Enterprise 3 ..... no, Windows Server 2003 ...... on and on .....

I have struggled with Linux versus Windows.

I kept loading and unloading this article along every time I switched from Linux to Windows and vice versa.

From my perception of the software "wars" going on I can't but feel that Linux will ultimately surpass Windows from a "global" user standpoint. There are just too many brilliant computer science engineers that will not "give up" on their admirable contribution to the advancement of a "choice" in this arena.

This leads to the following remark by Neal Stephenson in his very interesting 1999 essay, "In the Beginning was the Command Line" (http://artlung.com/smorgasborg/C_R_Y_P_T_O_N_O_M_I_C_O_N.shtml)

"Once you had clicked that button, your life would begin. If anything got out of whack, or failed to meet your expectations, you could complain about it to Microsoft's Customer Support Department. If you got a flack on the line, he or she would tell you that your life was actually fine, that there was not a thing wrong with it, and in any event it would be a lot better after the next upgrade was rolled out. But if you persisted, and identified yourself as Advanced, you might get through to an actual engineer.

What would the engineer say, after you had explained your problem, and enumerated all of the dissatisfactions in your life? He would probably tell you that life is a very hard and complicated thing; that no interface can change that; that anyone who believes otherwise is a sucker; and that if you don't like having choices made for you, you should start making your own."

That hits home with me. How about you? Enough said.

As of May 8, 2004, I am using Linux Enterprise Server 3. I am running CommuniGate Pro's email server, and Zeus' web server. My desktop is Windows XP. I have used Linux desktop, but I have too many programs that I need to use to merge entirely to Linux desktop, but I am going to load Linux desktop on a spare computer.

Anyway, here's where to go to for Windows and RedHat Linux:



http://www.redhat.com/

What is it?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including the new Red Hat Desktop, provides the premier operating system solution for open source computing. It's sold by annual subscription, runs on seven system architectures, and is certified by top enterprise software and hardware vendors.

What does it do?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux creates a reliable, secure, high performance platform designed for today's commercial environments--with capabilities that match or surpass those of proprietary operating systems. Sold in four products that span from Red Hat Desktop for volume deployment of client systems to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for small, medium and large servers, the family delivers a consistent application, management, and user environment.

Why should I care?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the corporate Linux standard. It's already at work running some of the world's largest commercial, government, and academic institutions. For any deployment--from the desktop to the datacenter-Red Hat Enterprise Linux delivers unmatched performance and cost savings, and the freedom of open source technology.

Introducing the Windows Server 2003 Family

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/overview/family.mspx

Windows Server 2003 is a multipurpose operating system capable of handling a diverse set of server roles, depending on your needs, in either a centralized or distributed fashion. Some of these server roles include:

- File and print server.

- Web server and Web application services.

- Mail server.

- Terminal server.

- Remote access and virtual private network (VPN) server.

- Directory services, Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, and Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS).

- Streaming media server