Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: SLK-320 (it's not just for gay hairdressers anymore ya' know!)
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Actually in the world of serious servers and enterprise applications Linux and other UNIX variants still command a LOT of respect and market. The only thing Microsoft's enterprise servers offer that the others can't is convention. The only real product Microsoft has is that they were able to manufacture themselves as the "standard".
And of course they're willing to train IT experts to work on their closed-source proprietary server platforms - for huge sums of money (have you priced a MSCE course lately?) I have to hand it to them for brilliant marketing, but as far as PRODUCT goes, theirs really isn't all that special. In fact, it's pretty mediocre.
FWIW, my Linux-based server running at home has run rock-solid since I put it online and I think I've rebooted it twice in as many years (both for hardware upgrades - no crashes). A friend of mine claims his has been up nonstop for six years without a hiccup, but I can't vouch for that - but I believe it's certainly possible. Show me any Windoze-based system that'll do that.
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