Your perspective is interesting. Unfortunately, you are
correct. Although Linux, and in general Unix, is superior from the
technical/performance point of view, there's a good chance that in the
end Microsoft will keep winning in the corporate market.... doesn't it
always? Everybody is trying to predict "who will be the next Microsoft
(i.e. fast growing ruler of the software industry)?", and each year,
it turns out Microsoft is the next Microsoft. Now there is an informal
alliance of Sun Microsystems, Netscape, Apple, and others trying to
break Microsoft's stranglehold. Can they outwit Bill Gates?
If you look around, there are non-negligeable pockets of
resistance. In science and engineering research and development, Unix
still rules by far. And in the primary and secondary education
markets, as well as the artistic/media world, Apple is still clinging
to the #1 position (barely but still).
I think African service providers are best of following Jeff's advice,
i.e. look at all the options for each particular situation. The
balance of money, manpower, support, etc. is different for each, and
will affect the decision. Personally, I don't see any situation where
I would prefer Windows over Unix (any flavour), but then again I am
not in all situations.
> To clairfy the following, NT server and workstation do actually support
> scads of TCP connections. Microsoft tried, for a very short time, to impose
> a license agreement limiting NT workstation to ten simultaneous connections
> but was quickly disabused of this notion by an outraged Internet community.
> The folks at O'Reilly and Associates have shown that the kernal for NT
> Workstation and Server are essentially the same, only a registry entry
> distinguishes one from the other. (See http://www.ora.com)
And yet they marketed them as two different products with a big
difference in price! This is what people hate about Microsoft.
> At 07:56 PM 10/26/96 -0400, you wrote:
> >Another thing is that as Dr. Lisse mentionned, Microsoft does not
> >follow open standards, so there are other limitations. Recently,
> >Netscape complained to the government that Windows limited
> >applications to 10 TCP connections max, so that if you choose to run
> >server application made by Netscape or someone else, you can have only
> >ten clients at a time (more if you use Microsoft's own server
> >application because it uses interfaces to the OS that are not given to
> >third party developers).