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Unix vs NT, BSD vs Linux

By HKurt ·
We are a midsize website development and training company. We are getting ready to purchase new dedicated servers.
What direction should we go and why.

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by epepke In reply to Unix vs NT, BSD vs Linux

Go Linux. Why?

1) It's more common and better supported than BSD, though BSD is good, too.

2) It's way more stable than NT.

3) There's no way of predicting how Microsoft is going to dink with their operating system in order to extract moremoney from people in the next couple of years.

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How should we compare?

by HKurt In reply to Linux

How should we compare the difference between support capabilities of BSD & Linux.

We are leaning toward UNIX but now we need to really compare these OS's.

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I have no idea

by epepke In reply to How should we compare?

I have no idea how you should compare. I use my gut and my experience.

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by HKurt In reply to I have no idea

Guts & experience?

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Tough Call...

by skkzarg_death In reply to Unix vs NT, BSD vs Linux

It all depends on what your PRIMARY needs are. You said your a training company. Do you train end users, or web developers? If its end users, you will need a user friendly OS like Windows, if your training people with a modicum of technical knowledge, Linux offers better performance and stability at a lower cost (in both HW and SW).
Your talking servers here, and that will depend on what your client machines are and what they are used for (and by whom.)
Additional info would really help if you can provide it.

As far as a question between BSD and Linux, I thought BSD was a flavor of Linux....either way, my linux experience doesnt sit high enough for me to recommend one flavor over another, so I will leave that part of the discussion toothers.

I encourage you to look at your end user, and decide on server OS to best suit their needs. What they need to do, and how much you can expect them to reasonably learn (if needed) will determine your answer.


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by skkzarg_death In reply to Tough Call...

It may be that you want to go with a dual solution. Use linux/apache for web deployment(dang near never crashes - DO NOT USE IIS for web deployment if you can help it!!!), while running a MS base for your training side. Once again.. it all boils down to your needs and the needs of your clients.


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Thank you for additional insight.

by HKurt In reply to Tough Call...

You have raised a valuable consideration. Primarily our training involves website development and management with very little server side information.

But you are correct our clients need to come first it what ever direction we take.

I thoughtLinux was a flavor of BSD.


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Linux is not BSD. But both are good.

by ChrisCT In reply to Thank you for additional ...

Linux is not a flavor of BSD, and BSD is not a flavor of Linux. However, there are Linux compatibility options with the newer releases of FreeBSD.
To get back to your original question, you will get better performance with Unix, Linux, or BSD than Windows. Windows 2000 is a dog (See Network World magazines article on SQL on Win2K vs. NT 4.0). As someone else mentioned, there is a learning curve for Unix, but it's well worth the investment. Also, Linux and BSD are free, so you'll save some $$ up front. And if you want to go with a commercial version of Unix so you can get support (and you'll have to pay), check out Sun or IBM's (AIX) offerings.


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Thank you for additional insight.

by HKurt In reply to Linux is not BSD. But bot ...

We will check out Sun and IBM offerings


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I hate the color of blue!

by wpowell In reply to Tough Call...

If you don't want 2am. wakeup calls and you shudder at the thought of informing users that the system must go down for maintenance or you need to reboot plus you hate the color blue . . . then unix is your best bet!

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