I’ve been out of the loop for a little bit with the tech news, having my nose to the grindstone for the past couple of months, so I was a little alarmed when I saw this news item from ZaReason, “Today was filled with articles such as, ‘Ubuntu Kills Linux, Then Self, Dell Suspected of Foul Play‘ which had a lot of depressing but true points and even more depressing and untrue points.” A little taken aback, I re-read the article and the comments thinking to myself that this person certainly has a dislike for Linux. I then scanned the sidebar for what other articles that had been written and not really surprising it was filled with charmers like these:
- The More Dell Lies, the More Ubuntu Community Embraces Dell
- Ubuntu Kills Linux, Then Self, Dell Suspected of Foul Play.
- Ubuntu’s Death Rattle
- Typical Linux FUD Campaign towards Microsoft.
- Ubuntu and Dell, a Mismatch Made in a Place Called Hell [IdeaStorm].
- Smartest Linux Move Ever? And Why Ubuntu will Fail
- Microsoft Thanks Ubuntu For Increasing XP and Vista Sales
WTF? Sounds more like someone has a score to settle or is on the payroll.
Curious about the company behind the blog I peek at their homepage which proudly crows, “open-source, non-proprietary solutions for Windows.” Ah, a kernel of truth. They are in the business of selling WAMP tools, “Apache Web-Developer Server Suite for Windows including PHP, MySQL, ASP, JSP, Perl, SSL” which, in my experience makes whatever they have to say pretty worthless. Look if you cannot figure out that Apache and MySQL run like shit on Windows and that you are better off sticking with Microsoft product offerings then you are pretty fucking ignorant. Guess what? Windows Server 2003 family ships with IIS. Why in the hell would you try and bolt on Apache? Sure it is superior in my experience to IIS but it runs like hell on MS products so if you are going to use Apache then use a *nix derivative otherwise stick with the Microsoft product family. Same goes for the database, if you have the cash to pony up for 2003 then you sure as hell likely have it for a SQL Server license as well. If not, then why are you screwing around with Microsoft for your back-end services?*
So to the fine folks at ZaReson, no need to get depressed or be saddened. In short, there is nothing to see there or even really worth listening to and for as how well reasoned those arguments seem or sound it really boils down to an individual trying to protect their tiny little market share and for all the “Linux, Windows, MacOS? Who cares. Just give me something that works!” comments it is quite clear what they think the world should use. FUD indeed.
* Note: I spent eight years as a Windows System Administrator and three so far as a Linux Systems Administrator.