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SubjectRe: Good point of Linux over Windows NT
> Hello, 
> I am a computer engineering student and sent this message to
> and he think I should sent this message to
> you.
> I have a one year database project for goverment. I use EMPRESS database
> engine on Linux and the customers satisfied. But now they change their
> mind. They think Windows NT is better than Linux. They want me to present
> the good point of Linux that better than Windows NT
> I need your help. I have to present this on 22th of January. Please answer
> me as soon as you can.

This is a purely bureaucratic answer, but even if NT were perfect, it
would take weeks for a new setup to achieve the same level of stability
that your system has now (assuming that you've been working on this
project for a while), precious time that would be wasted, in addition
to the time you've already spent, most of which would be wasted. Plus
there is the additional expense of retraining, etc, etc, etc.

Most likely, someone higher-up was sold on NT because of a magazine
article in the popular PC-oriented press (which is not Unix-friendly) or
by a salesman walking in with a nice presentation trying to sell NT. In
that case, you have a problem, because that higher-up has already been
sold, and is now acting as a NT-advocate. Worse, he/she probably has
reasons for liking NT, because of the biased presentation of NT/Linux
argument. Unless you can find out -and counter- these reasons, you are
unlikely to succeed. Claiming Linux is faster/more stable/more
portable/more flexable/etc won't help if security is the issue that sold NT,
or if they want a help desk they can call.

Hopefully others will be able to give you more technical information --
I don't know NT -- but unless you know what you are fighting, it will be

Some points in Linux's favor: Linux is cheap, there are no licenses or
other fees associated with Linux. Linux is stable -- it doesn't crash.
Linux's open development model means that bugs are likely to be found
and fixed quickly, as opposed to having to wait for months on NT
upgrades. Linux is UNIX -- any Unix guru in the future will be able to
sit down and work, and there are many of those.

And importantly, Linux is here, now, working perfectly already in this

> Thank You very much.

Buddha Buck
"Just as the strength of the Internet is chaos, so the strength of our
liberty depends upon the chaos and cacaphony of the unfettered speech
the First Amendment protects." -- A.L.A. v. U.S. Dept. of Justice

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