Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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I don't know any Microsoft SysAdmins who think upgrading as soon as a new product is released is anywhere near a good idea.

Microsoft supports many of their products beyond what most Linux distros do. Windows 98, and agreeable crappy OS was receiving security updates until just a few months ago. It was supported with "fixes" for nearly 8 years. Ubuntu's only last 18 months until the recent LTS of 5 years.

Windows 2000 has been receiving updates for 6 years and will likely continue for another year or two, which would again make that an 8 year product cycle.

Indeed I know a few MS Admins who refuse to deploy the the latest version of Windows on current company computers --even on the desktops and especially on servers-- until a first or even second service pack is released, just to give time to iron out any possible major issues.

So, yeah, stay away from cults.

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