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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Murrell
Member since:
2006-01-04

That is an excellent reason why businesses should stay away from Linux.

If a business does choose one distro over another, and the cult gets offended by something that distro does, then suddenly all the Linux "Admins" will be demanding the business switch to a more "ideological pure" Linux distro.

Stay away from cults. It will bring you nothing but grief.


Speaking as a Sys-Admin in a predominantly (85%+) Linux company, we run Ubuntu, because it works, and because the GPL makes sense from a bussiness perspective. We use propietry nVidia drivers because they work, and if they became an issue*, we could switch to something else.

Ideaology is set by the owner of the company. If I decided to change the software on the machines to something more 'pure', I'd be out of a job.

Also - generally speaking, a cult is something associated with religon. If someone confuses the use of an a particular operating system with the worship of a god, then that person probably needs to get out more.

* An issue being along the lines of unfixed security problem or spyware issues.

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NotParker Member since:
2006-06-01

Also - generally speaking, a cult is something associated with religon.

Sure. But there are other definitions.

And I think many of the ideas expressed on this site are very cult like.

"great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b : the object of such devotion c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion"

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?cult


"3. idolization of somebody or something: an extreme or excessive admiration for a person, philosophy of life, or activity ( often used before a noun )
the cult of youth
a cult hero


4. object of idolization: a person, philosophy, or activity regarded with extreme or excessive admiration


5. fad: something popular or fashionable among a devoted group of enthusiasts ( often used before a noun )
has taken on cult status"

http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_1861601866/cult.html

"5) Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
The object of such devotion.

6) An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest. "

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cult

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