Linux versus Microsoft
If you're going to manage your chunk of cyperspace by yourself, to even a small degree,
then the most
important decision you need to make at the start is Microsoft or Linux?
You can change your mind about many things once you've started but this is arguably
the one that will shape you technical life from here on in (for the next few years anyway).
Some would label this decision 'Microsoft or Open Source?'.
For various reasons I chose Linux, or, to be more precise I chose 'Open Source'.
I have never once regretted this decision.
The biggest benefits I have received from
this decision, all important - none more than any other, are:
So I started to shop around. At this time I had little
or no idea about the differences between the two schools let alone
the importance of the decision.
By chance I was working in a company of dyed-in-the-wool
, and I'd heard enough about the costs of Microsoft
add-on products, and the risks of being locked into a very specific technological path, that
I decided that I needed an
my colleagues were biased but... I knew them well enough
to take that as a given and trust that they knew more about the subject
than I - and also to trust that there was some basis for their stance.
My criteria therefore was a stable, Australian land based company that provided