To Linux or Not To Linux that is the question....

This question is one of the toughest questions I have ever been asked to help answer.  The number of variables and things to consider when making this decision is daunting.  There is no simple formula I can give you that will tell you yes or no.  There is only, I am afraid, more questions for you to answer for yourself.

Is Linux really going to save us money?  Will I really get the amazing return on investment by implementing Linux that I have been reading about?  Is it really more stable, secure and faster than Windows?  The answer to these is very simple, on my part at least, maybe.  Surf the web and you will see I am right about that.  Windows biased and Linux biased websites exist that will make the point in either direction.  I have been in IT long enough and in enough environments to see both sides of the fence.  As a matter of fact, I have even seen one environment where the Mainframe was IPLed(the mainframe version of a reboot) multiple times a day.  So no matter what the system is, it can always be misused and abused into behaving poorly.  At the same time, the same systems can be tuned and pushed to their limits and beat all expectations.  Remember at the end of the day it's the people behind the keyboards turning the tech versions of wrenches that makes it all work.

In this blog we are going to focus on sharing the things we have seen reap the best results for what was sown.  There are no guarantees here but suggestions on how to think about the problems.  We will try to help you and the people you work with, both above and below you, understand the reasoning and processes you used to make the decision. 

Our fist topic will be around staffing.  Stay tuned and thanks for reading our blogs.  We hope you find it all interesting and enlightening.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.