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No, I am not "Biased" toward one platform or the other.
and while it may be true that my windows machines out number my Linux machines. that does not never the less
make me biased. i am a firm beliver of using the right tool for the job no matter what it is.
alot of linux guys(even some that go to the LUG i belong to)have this problem of say stuff, about large corparate eniviroments they know little about.
mirgrate to linux in a large enviroment is not free by ANY stretch of the imaginatation. i am sorry, but as much as i want to i cant to replace everything with debian, and call it a day even if i can get 80 or 90 %
close to the functionality with Linux. so, i use linux where Linux makes sense, print serverss, web, some DB, some custom apps stuff shell servers etc all run Linux,
for file servers space i have a san, and NAS servsrs.
windows on the desktop and an AD domain. so most of my backend is all linux, i have some desktops where is makes sense.
you CAN, get most of the domain setup with linux but its not as mature or as unified.
a fedora/RH directory server, AFS/NFS file mounts,
local apt servers and custom scripts for sucking down custom rpms/deb packages via a cron. all all doable and i do them for the linux infrastructure.
but, the Cost of migration in a large enviroment, is more the just the 'geeks' telling everyone whats good for them and forcing everyone to do it.
you have many, many custom apps writen over years and years. other eneterprise apps the the eneterprise paid alot of money for that are not easyliy replacable.
all factor in.
so i am not the biased one you are. i always recoemend what ever the best tool for the job is weather its, win/lin or some other form of *nix does not matter to me. what matters is,
support: who will support it? how much training is involved and by whom?
cost: how much and the maintence costs?
how well does it fit into our enviroment?
does it support RACF or AD or LDAP based authencatiion?
in 5 years how much will the project changes and how coplex are upgrades etc.?
these kinds of things are some of the basic questions you ask when recomendating or looking over recomendations.
you do not just throw OSS at every problem just becuase
its OSS. you find the best solution for the problem, and part of the is cost not just the cost of the product but the cost of migration.