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Old 11-06-2001, 05:57 AM   #1
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Cool NT or Unix, which is best i know this is a linus site but need help

Hi I am a degree student doing IT and need a soultion weither to go with Linus or NT and cannot decide please give me the pros and cons for both.
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Old 11-06-2001, 12:43 PM   #3
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i may not be able to give you the pros and cons on them cause of my only 1.5 hours of sleep i got last night but, i will tell you this. I am an MCSE and have worked in consulting with NT and my current job of Novell/NT network. Now i've just recently been able to add some linux and it makes my job so much better. Before with NT and Novell my job just consisted of how to keep the servers running, now with my linux servers theres not much of the how to keep them running mindset, its how can i make these even better and faster. NT and Novell was never anything but headaches dealing with not having the right driver, or just the entire operating system running all screwy because theres a piece of hardware in the system you don't currently have the driver for, or the dreaded one program conflicting with another, but now i get to configure how and where all the software gets installed, and where it looks for files... plus it doesn't bitch when it doesn't recognize a device, it just ignores it and moves on.

One other big factor is, if you work with NT you get payed lower but, get to work with people you'll want to kill because they're so slow. On the other hand if you work with Linux or any kind of unix based OS, you get payed a good amount of money (back when it seemed like computer guys got payed a lot, it was the unix guys they were talking about, and it still is), plus you get to work with better people who seem like they gave up important portions of their brain to learn unix.

So my advice in working with both is definitly go the unix route, you'll save your own life by only wanting to kill other people instead of wanting to kill yourself.
Old 11-06-2001, 03:42 PM   #4
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The company I work for currently has 5 Novell servers, 5 NT servers, two AIX (IBM UNIX) servers, and 1 Linux server. Novell servers uptime is very good, usually going down only when I take them down. AIX servers run forever. I have had to take them down for hardware upgrades, otherwise they just run. Ditto the Linux box. The NT servers uptime is measured in weeks or days. I can, and do, remotely administer everything except the NT servers. If I get a call at 2 am, 9 times out of 10 it's a problem with an NT server. I have to get dressed and drive to work. The few times it's been one of the other servers, I just logged in from home, fixed it, went back to sleep in a few minutes. Unfortunately, some of the software we need is only available on NT.
Moral of the story, Learn Both. NT is here and too many vendors write only for NT. It is finicky, unstable and a pain. Under NO circumstances should a critical service be hosted on NT. Any *nix will provide Stability and peace of mind. Software availability, both commercial and GPL, is getting better all the time, but it still is going to be a long time if ever, before you see many Microsoft-free server rooms.


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