Now I know this ain't free energy and such, but most people I know are
stuck with Microsoft Windows in some form or another and we all gripe
about it but there is never an equitable O/S that pops up as a serious
There is no way I can remotely tie this in to the primary topic of the
list but for some it could be helpful and offer an alternative which
they might not have been aware of before, at least the changes that
definitely (IMO) make it worth taking a serious look.
Well, things are changing that will affect us all and this file is to
point out what is going on with Linux and offer a deal that XOOM
popped into my mailbox (which I am buying).
I'm not sure how many of you are just sick to death of Microsoft and
all its virus spawn being sold as working software....GPF
indeed....Dan Davidson has long been a staunch supporter and user of
Linux wherever he can and though I've not used it, based on his
recommendations and a couple of other friends who use it, I have been
sorely tempted on many occasions to buy and install Linux at least as
a dual system with my current Win95 infection until I get it down,
then I'll call Kevorkian
and have him pull the plug on my Windows FOREVER!
Everyone I know who uses Linux or works with it sings the praises of
how blindingly fast programs run on it, the fact that it will run on
just about everything and with unbelievably small amounts of memory
and that it just doesn't crash.
Now with the many improvements and very cheap availability through Red
Hat (as detailed below), I think its time to spring for it and just do
it (at least I plan to). As you can see by all the links below, Linux
is FINALLY getting some serious attention and will change the world of
computing as more systems switch over to it and more apps are
developed that run on it. It's about time.
An excerpt from the following site about how Linux is being used on
many older computers;
"Linux is designed for the low end of the Unix world. It runs, and
runs well, in four megabytes of memory on an Intel 386 processor --
something not even Windows 3.1 could manage.
A complete single-user installation with X Windows and the software
development tools really needs a 486 and takes more space, but it
still fits nicely in eight to 12 megabytes of RAM and 40 megabytes of
Within its limits, Linux is powerful. A Linux server can easily
support between 100 and 300 users (though that takes more RAM and disk
space than the single-user configuration listed above.) There is also
amount of Linux software available.
Although Linux tends to be weak in desktop productivity applications,
it comes with a full set of development tools, mostly from the GNU
project, and there are a fair number of programs available for
and specialized functions such as statistical and scientific computing."
Good overview of why Linux is so great;
The threat of Linux to Microsoft and recent GIANT company investments
"An internal research paper, part of the so-called Halloween memos
believed to have been intentionally leaked to the Net by Microsoft,
shows that Microsoft's own engineering staff sees Linux as a serious,
commercial-ready operating system.
According to a memo written by Microsoft engineer Vinod Valloppillil,
Linux "represents a best-of-breed Unix that is trusted in
mission-critical applications, and--due to its open source code--has a
long-term credibility which exceeds many other competitive OSes."
In what the memo's author considers the "worst case" scenario for
Microsoft, Linux will "provide a mechanism for server OEMs to provide
integrated, task-specific products and completely bypass Microsoft
revenues in this space."
Evidence of the momentum is everywhere. Estimates peg the installed
base of machines running Linux software at anywhere from 7 million to
10 million users.
One Linux-based company, Red Hat Software, recently garnered the
financial support of both chip giant Intel and Netscape
Communications. Corporate software developers such as Oracle, Sybase,
and Informix also
have pledged to offer their software on Linux.
That has been buttressed by efforts to create more wide-ranging
support options for Linux, a weak spot for the operating system in the
view of some.
And the Redmond, Washington-based software giant has noticed. In a
recent annual filing with the federal Securities and Exchange
Commission, Microsoft said it expects to have more competition in the
market, due in part to the growth of Linux and the support it
continues to receive from third-party applications developers. Linux
is thought by some to be an attractive alternative to Microsoft's
Workstation and Server operating system, which has experienced
significant sales growth in recent years."
Should linux be your next operating system?;
"You can even buy a VA workstation (direct from the Web) that
dual-boots Windows 98. And while Linux aims squarely at the enterprise
market, which requires its stability, security, and remote management
capabilities, Augustin insists Linux will end up on consumer desktops.
Entry-level model, based on a 300-MHZ Intel Celeron processor, 128MB
of RAM, and a 10GB disk, costs about $1300."
"At this point, the interface isn't one that the home user would be
comfortable with," Peterson says, "but more and more apps have a
browser front end. When we get to the point where you just turn on
and the system is remotely managed, you don't need to know what's
underlying. Whether it's Windows or Linux doesn't really matter."
Linux News and Links;
Linux World good page for articles and news on the subject;
An older survey finds;
"Almost 70% of IT managers don't plan to try Linux. What would bring
them around? Survey says
1) Linux would have to prove its actual value through cost-benefit
2) Better third-party service and support;
3) A strong recommendation from an IT department's technical staff."
And with the purchase of Red Hat by all these big companies, here is
the newer survey;
"Survey says that 9 out of 10 IT managers are more likely to use Linux
now that such industry heavyweights as IBM, HP, CA, SAP, etc., are
throwing their support behind it.
Here is the offer I got in my email that finally made me decide to
take the plunge for the Red Hat Linux 5.2 for $29.95;
Presently I have been experimenting with website design using
Frontpage which sucks bigtime (typical Microsoft)....have tried
NetObject, Dreamweaver and am currently working on WebExpress which
alteration of all associated files to mirror any changes...and its
only $50!! Got the 30 day evaluation copy from http://www.mvd.com
So, we are currently working to get the InterNic domain registration
released from flash.net and put on dallastexas.net
Dan transferred all the keelynet.com website files to his server and
it will go online when Internic does the transfer.
We still plan to kill off the KeelyNet@DallasTexas.net list on March
31st and store it as a searchable archive...at that time, the new
discussion list will begin as email@example.com and all current
subscribers will be automatically moved over.
So I have to get on the stick and try to get the major components of
the website ready and linked...plus I found several java and cgi
search engines, one of which will be included in the website to allow
of all the files...
Anyway, thought some here would be interested in these very, VERY
positive changes happening in the Linux world and soon to affect
everyone as more companies and people jump on the bandwagon.
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