On Tue, 4 Mar 1997, Todd Graham Lewis wrote:
> Both Linux and FreeBSD can easily outperform most commercial OS'es on
> equivalent hardware. I feel comfortable with my company protected by
> both, and would feel comfortable with us protected by either alone.
> Personally, I lean towards Debian Linux, but to each his own.
Indeed ;) My experience has been that any given individual's opinion (and
that's what it is, generally) of a product, whether it be an OS,
applications, whatever, is comprised of a certain percentage of
experience, pre-inclination, and luck.
Pre-inclination, by which I mean that the "first impressions" usually
stick. Someone who gets started with UNIX is likely to have an affinity
for that OS, someone who startes with Windows NT, same thing. All this
means is that USUALLY, by the time one is experienced enough to work
extensively on more than one platform, (s)he has built up a lot of
experience, which is where point 1 comes in. I have a lot of years of
experience working with UNIX, so it's natural that I am going to be more
productive working in that environment. My colleagues, however, are big
VMS and Windows NT backgrounders. and THEY in turn are more effective in
THAT environment. The third thing is luck; Two people with the same
general level of competency and knowledge can have wildly differing
opinions about a single product, and it's due to luck. Mr X may have had
no bad experiences at all, and naturally, he's going to sing the praises
of Product A. Mr Y on the other hand may have had an installation barf or
a system bug bit him, and he's not likely to sing any such thing.
I don't mind a little debate on topics of partisan interest, but
generally, I've come to the opinion that they're not of much use. When
you're selecting a product for your own use, get as much info as you can
and make the decision; Give weight to the opinions of those whose
technical judgements you trust, but lacking that, go with the consensus
(if you can find one)