>joe mc cool propounded certain bytes, to wit:
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>| My customer intends to upgrade from Xenix to SCO OES R5. My intention
>| is to supply a P166 with 32M, 2G, CDROM, SCSI DAT tape etc.
>| My competition say that this configuration is over kill, that nobody
>| knows what market changes will come about in the next three years and
>| that he should go for their supply of: 486/133, 12M, 850M disk.
>| I'll confess that he has no network and uses dumb terminals only.
>| Whatcha think, please ?
>OSR 5 on 12M is OK if you never run X Window.
>The OS plus the DS will take up half of that disk.
>And if your competition can make a point of dumping their already somewhat
>outdated hardware, good for them, but try this: They've had Xenix for
>what, five, seven years? Going with the inventory-dumping of your
>compeitiors is fine if they think they'd like to rebuy hardware in a year
>or two, but it's frankly very shortsighted. Buy better and faster and
>bigger HW now, it'll last them them anohtre five years or more.
It (should) really depend on what application is to be used on this
If the application is only ever going to use dumb terminals, (and has
been running happily on a Xenix box), then the 486 configuration may
have more performance than it may EVER need.
If, on the other hand, the intended use of this hardware may change in
the near future, it may be worth while to spend the difference and get
the higher spec'd hardware.
So, in answer to the title, the better hw probably will provide a
better sys, but the difference may be hardly noticeable in your case.
Now, moving a sideways a bit, is it standard practice to recommend the
latest, hottest PC hardware and operating system available even if it
will provide only a marginal improvement on the actual system it is
I used to work for a company who's main product would work quite
happily on a 386 Xenix system with whatever other resources, (memory,
disk space etc.), to suit the installation. Now, to get essentially
the same functionality, you need OSR5 and a much higher spec'd PC
platform to suit it.
I know that most of the computer industry is built on obselecnce, but
it can be appropriate to sometimes use the lesser solution.
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