How Linux saved a Microsoft based Fast Food Chain....

I came across a great story about how one Fast Food chain used Linux to fix the McAfee issue from a few weeks back. The really cool thing about it for me was that it was a Windows Admin talking a walk on the open side of life.  The story gives great background and detail on what and how they fixed the problem and also has some of the scripts they used to pull off the rescue.  Having been in the opperations side of the house my whole carrier I can really appericate what this team went through.  The story is a great example of how a good team with great open and free dialog can always find the best solution for any situation no matter how bad it looks.

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.

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Is Microsoft really trying to compete with FLOSS?

So Microsoft announced this week that it would stop updating it's core "enterprise" search product on Linux and Unix.  So when you have a mixed environment, like most medium and large corporations do, how is a solution without a linux or unix option still an enterprise solution.  Really how do you call this an enterprise search solution?  Easy you promise to support though not update the existing code for the next ten(10) years and help people setup Windows options.  If you are wondering why your Microsoft stock never seems to go up this would be a prime example.

By comparison to this most search solutions in the FLOSS world do offer and support Windows.  So does this mean that Microsoft has just decided it can't compete?  Hard to believe that the folks in Redmond can't seem to figure out there is money in software for Linux and BSD.  Controlling the entire stack just isn't that important anymore is it?  I guess they think so.

So does FLOSS get the win in this competion?  What do you think?

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.