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Best of 2001: When Linux is a bad choice for your clients

Although Linux has a much-hyped reputation as a cheap and reliable software alternative, it might not be the best choice for some of your clients. Find out when to say yes to Linux and when to say no.


While it’s not as common an operating system as Windows, Linux has been steadily making inroads into the enterprise during the past few years. The overwhelming majority of TechRepublic members have told us that if their organization has moved to Linux, it’s due to its low cost and reliability. The poll results below indicate the acceptance of Linux among businesses.



But despite its advantages and growing popularity, Linux isn’t for everyone or every task, according to research by Gartner. In August, we published an article that featured highlights from Gartner’s findings and comments from analysts that explores situations in which Linux is not the best OS for certain tasks.

Read our top-ranked article for 2001, “When Linux is a bad choice for your clients,” and see if you agree or disagree.

Top five articles for 2001
All this week, we’ve been featuring the top five articles that TechRepublic members visited most in IT Consultant Republic during 2001. Here’s a rundown of the rest:
  1. “Block unauthorized sites and malicious code with Internet Explorer”: Of all the steps you can take to help secure your network, one of the simplest is configuring Internet Explorer to block malicious scripts or questionable content. This article shows you how.
  2. “Download our sample contract template for independent consultants”: Need a contract for your work as an independent consultant? This contract template was sent to us by a TechRepublic member who does just that. Use it to nail down your agreements with clients.
  3. “The five fundamentals of IT consulting”: Author and consultant Rick Freedman pulls concepts from his latest book to address the complexities of the client-consultant relationship.
  4. “Download this sample service level agreement”: Service level agreements help both consultants and clients iron out the details and ensure that both parties get a fair shake. Use this sample SLA as a template so you can be sure all bases are covered when you seal your firm's next deal.

What are the top issues for consultants in 2002?
What are the technological, management, and career challenges that you will face in 2002? Tell us about them in the discussion below.

 

While it’s not as common an operating system as Windows, Linux has been steadily making inroads into the enterprise during the past few years. The overwhelming majority of TechRepublic members have told us that if their organization has moved to Linux, it’s due to its low cost and reliability. The poll results below indicate the acceptance of Linux among businesses.



But despite its advantages and growing popularity, Linux isn’t for everyone or every task, according to research by Gartner. In August, we published an article that featured highlights from Gartner’s findings and comments from analysts that explores situations in which Linux is not the best OS for certain tasks.

Read our top-ranked article for 2001, “When Linux is a bad choice for your clients,” and see if you agree or disagree.

Top five articles for 2001
All this week, we’ve been featuring the top five articles that TechRepublic members visited most in IT Consultant Republic during 2001. Here’s a rundown of the rest:
  1. “Block unauthorized sites and malicious code with Internet Explorer”: Of all the steps you can take to help secure your network, one of the simplest is configuring Internet Explorer to block malicious scripts or questionable content. This article shows you how.
  2. “Download our sample contract template for independent consultants”: Need a contract for your work as an independent consultant? This contract template was sent to us by a TechRepublic member who does just that. Use it to nail down your agreements with clients.
  3. “The five fundamentals of IT consulting”: Author and consultant Rick Freedman pulls concepts from his latest book to address the complexities of the client-consultant relationship.
  4. “Download this sample service level agreement”: Service level agreements help both consultants and clients iron out the details and ensure that both parties get a fair shake. Use this sample SLA as a template so you can be sure all bases are covered when you seal your firm's next deal.

What are the top issues for consultants in 2002?
What are the technological, management, and career challenges that you will face in 2002? Tell us about them in the discussion below.

 

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