>> Of course, on the other hand, one shouldn't generally make a decision and
>> _then_ seek ammunition to support it. If Windows is the wrong answer, then
>> that should be obvious from the data without having to go looking
>> for anti-Windows information. And if Windows is the right answer for this
>> case, and you've been seen to propose the wrong answer for the wrong reason,
>> without having ever investigated both sides of the coin, then your job (no
>> matter how well you may run Unix systems) is essentially over.
>True enough, but I'd argue that managers shouldn't really be making
>designs based on one set of brochures behind the back of the network
>administrator and then informing him/her after the fact. Windows may
>well be part of the right answer, but having not been invited to the
>initial process of finding out, I'm left to try and shoot it down
>before it starts so that I can be included as I should have been from
Partly right. Be careful, though, that you aren't seen as "shooting it down"
just because it says "Windows". Shooting down your manager's idea because
it's a technical decision made without technical information or technical
input is the only good way to approach this.
InfoWorld used to have a column by Nick Petreley, called "The Open Source".
Week after week, it focussed on the many ways in which Linux, FreeBSD, et al,
were not Windows. InfoWorld now has a column called "The Open Source",
written by Russell Pavlicek. The column now focusses more on what Open Source
OSs _are_, rather than what they are not, and that change alone seems to me
more inclined to persuade its readers to consider Linux, FreeBSD, etc, as
possible solutions. Managers like to buy things for what they _are_, rather
than for what they are _not_.
[Note that answers to questions in newsgroups are not generally
invitations to contact me personally for help in the future.]
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