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Re: *nix vs MS

From: Robyn <>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 09:13:24 -0400
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Thank you to everyone for the input!! I'll be working on my doc throughout the day, so further comments are still welcome.

Mark, I don't think I can use the 'convicted monopolist' comment on the official paperwork, but I might have to borrow it for a few conversations :)

thanks again all,


On 10/7/05, Mark W. Farnham <> wrote:
> The biggest single thing is that by design MS mixes operating system with
> user data, and it is nearly impossible to override that design. As far as I
> can tell there is no concept of being able to make the operating system
> drive read only for production, so any errant process has the potential to
> modify the OS.
> The second biggest single thing is the culture of third party vendors simply
> slapping in their version of what was formerly a piece of the operating
> system when you install something and get a new *.dll. Even if they don't
> slap in a *.dll with a duplicate name, all the *.dll's still get slapped
> into the same "folder" as the operating system's critical bits.
> Okay, argue freely amongst yourselves whether I got them in the right order,
> and of course there is the thing that using MS puts money in the hands of a
> convicted monopolist.
> Regards,
> mwf
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> Subject: *nix vs MS
> Everyone,
> We have a fairly large, truly mission critical database (Oracle
> at a remote site that is currently running on Microsoft. In
> the past, others have tried to convince mgmt that the system would be
> more reliable on a unix os, but no one has ever been successful in
> obtaining a project to make the change.
> To my way of thinking, the strongest case for moving this database to
> unix is the track record of this application; it has had far more than
> it's share of issues (bad backups, system crashes, corrupt blocks,
> hung processes, cpu spikes and so on) even though it already gets more
> care and feeding than other databases. (majority of our databases are
> *nix) This is one aspect of what will be presented.
> That being said, for those of you who prefer unix, what are your best
> arguments for choosing unix for an Oracle database? What are the
> drawbacks? We'd like to make sure we uncover all the pros and cons.
> Any input is appreciated,
> Robyn
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Robyn Anderson Sands
Received on Fri Oct 07 2005 - 08:16:50 CDT

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