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Date:      Mon, 22 Feb 1999 18:13:03 -0500
From:      Christopher Masto <chris@netmonger.net>
To:        chat@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: San Jose Mercury News
Message-ID:  <19990222181303.A758@netmonger.net>
In-Reply-To: <4.1.19990222134234.0400ce70@mail.lariat.org>; from Brett Glass on Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 01:44:26PM -0700
References:  <000301be5e61$32179ec0$6a6c4cd1@jackv.pacbell.net> <000301be5e61$32179ec0$6a6c4cd1@jackv.pacbell.net> <19990222144214.B25682@netmonger.net> <4.1.19990222134234.0400ce70@mail.lariat.org>

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On Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 01:44:26PM -0700, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 02:42 PM 2/22/99 -0500, Christopher Masto wrote:
>  
> >Does it ever occur to these reporters that Linux's success just might
> >have something to do with the fact that Microsoft products simply do
> >not work, and Linux does?
> 
> If it were merely that, then FreeBSD would be equally successful --
> more successful, in fact, as it it smore reliable. Timing, PR, and
> advocacy (though done largely by fanatics) allowed Linux to gain a 
> foothold and eclipse the technologically superior BSD derivatives.

While timing is certainly a factor in Linux's mindshare vs. BSD, Linux
would have a significantly harder time gaining acceptance among
corporate types if Microsoft products actually worked.  I did not say
"merely", I said "something to do with".

Linux came along at a time and in such a way that large numbers of
people were motivated to work on it and spread it to their friends.
This was well before it became "Linux vs. NT", but by the time that
issue arrived, Linux had accumulated a huge base of followers and was
able to gain the perception of a support mechanism.  Even then, in my
experience, Microsoft's products are tried first, and Linux (or
FreeBSD) is only an option when NT has caused colossal amounts of
loss.

My experiences may not be typical, but I've certainly had a lot of them
when it comes to people trying to use Microsoft products for Internet
servers.  They have been uniformly negative.
-- 
Christopher Masto        Director of Operations      NetMonger Communications
chris@netmonger.net        info@netmonger.net        http://www.netmonger.net

    "Good tools allow users to do stupid things." -- Clay Shirky


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