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525. Stu Green
February 6, 1999
Hello everyone, from Austin, TX
Dear Mr. Ansari,
I would like to draw your attention to a report published on your site titled; "Will Indian ISPs slam doors on Windows?" Wednesday, December 23, 1998. The article unnecessarily sensationalizes a business decision made by Bharti BT to opt for a UNIX solution in lieu of one implemented on the Windows NT platform.
Rationale decisions are not sensational. Choosing an inefficient, decadent system such as NT is absurd. Where interoperability is concerned M$ has traditional done its best to subvert it. NT has therefore been appropriately relegated to a niche occupied only by the idiots who blindly follow the marketing hype produced by this incidious and criminal organization. What is criminal about Microsoft? Not its incredible arrogance, but the deliberate retardation of computing to accomodate its miserable network performance. What is not mentioned at all is the total lack of comprehension of enterprise computing that commercial ISPs and web hosting concerns need be keenly aware of.
On a daily basis companies face situations where they have to choose one product over the other. It is therefore, in this context completely unwarranted for the journalist to exaggerate a simple business decision.
But, if Microsoft does the same it is good marketing?
The journalist was acquainted of Windows NT's considerable achievements including the backbone set up for Satyam Infoway, using Windows NT. Satyam Infoway is the first Indian ISP to launch its services locally. The journalist has chosen to ignore these accomplishments and gone ahead with a prejudiced tone against Microsoft.
How can one remain opened minded if any criticism of the garbage being sold by Redmond is met with the placard of 'Unfair to Micro$oft'? This is M$ FUD (Fear, uncertainty and doubt). May I take this opportunity to familiarize you with certain other credentials of Windows NT especially in the area of web development? Sterling, Global Telecom and certain other Indian ISPs, yet to launch their services, are in the process of closing pacts with Microsoft for implementing of their networks using Windows NT for their ISP services backbone.
This paragraph can be restated as "Sterling, Global Telecom and certain other Indian ISPs yet to launch their services have chosen the Jello Operating Environment following the collapse of licensing agreements with Microsoft." The requisite for adequate OC1 interfaces presented a challenge beyond the capabilities of the Not Tomorrow (NT) operating system which is unable to service the number of connections carried by this backbone network.
Internationally, Microsoft Windows NT has been adopted by 56 per cent of the organizations building Web applications for their corporate Intranets, as quoted by Intelliquest, Inc. a leading provider of information-based services. These include some of the world's most successful organisations such as L G Internet, China Telecom, British Telecom Portel, DIGEX, Singapore Telecom, Telecom Italia, Dacom, Cegetel, Thrunet, KPN and Viag.
What is not stated is that these self-same systems use UNIX backbones (ie. DIGEX, whose founder Doug Humphreys was a classmate) and that NT is present as an accomodation for customers requesting such rubbish. The figure given is totally fabricated and can not be supported by the number of licenses issued. NT has proven to be an absolute failure in
the intranet market. Since there is no comprehension of enterprise wide functionality some UNIX features, functions and programs had to be 'borrowed', such as NIS (Network Information Services), DNS (domain name services (NOT Digital Nervous System) and sockets (thank you Sun Micro).
Microsoft Windows NT today is the largest growing Network operating system in the world. Its performance in the Indian market has also far exceeded competing products in the category.
This is simply untrue. The growth rate for Linux exceeds that for NT by a factor of two; however what is not indicated within this useless statistic is the number of NT installations that have been replaced by Linux or another UNIX as the reality of M$'s inability to scale has become apparent. According to IDC, (India Data Corporation) an independent body, which monitors trends in the IT industry, Windows NT's market share has grown from 16 to 34 per cent in the last year. These increases in sales endorse the dependence and stability of corporates on Microsoft Windows NT platform in India as well.
February 6, 1999
If I were an ISP and has enough money, I would go out and order SUN sparc running solaris or may be HP-UX. But to do good business the ISP needs to keep his costs low with which the ISP is left with 2 choices 1.Linux 2.NT. Since Linux is a open system and is also free and more importantly it brings the flavors of standard Unix I would consider deploying a Linux based service we seems to enter into many homes in 1998. The reason I would not prefer NT is I don't have any clear understanding of it's mechanism(Gates does not have the balls to publish NT's functionality) and obviously it is not a very stable OS. On top of it is very expensive.
So my dear ISP's Linux is your best bet.
February 6, 1999
Though there is craze for LINUX A use Like me is afraid of using it. Since in my system I have installed windows 95 so I have to partition it using FIPS which is again an untested software. Another problem with it is that we couldn't get proper technical guidance of it.
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