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The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit

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| Soon after Michele Goins became chief information officer at Juniper Networks
| (JNPR) in February, she decided to respond to the growing chorus of Mac
| lovers among the networking company's 6,100 employees.


Safari market share tripled on Windows after Apple gambit

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| Critics, among them longtime Apple supporters, excoriated the company for
| what was widely viewed as an uncharacteristic sleight of hand. They called
| it “disgraceful,” “malware” and a violation of the “trust relationship great
| companies have with their customers.”


That ought to put more UNIX people in IT department.


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| The Scary World of Linux Computers.
| Dunkelberger likely wasn't intending to suggest that the iPhone was
| running Linux, but instead that it is a full computing environment
| with multiple vectors for potential exploits to attack. It is
| interesting that he brought up Linux however, because it is a scary
| subject for IT staff beholden to Microsoft.
| The majority of Microsoft oriented corporate IT staff I've worked with
| have a sort of reverential fear of Linux. They like to talk about it
| in a respectful sort of way, but they are often afraid to actually use
| it. Deploying a Linux server without an outside support agreement is a
| very scary task to users who have felt safe for years in their
| codependent relationship with Microsoft.
| After investing tens of thousands of dollars into their troubled
| relationship, after spending sleepless nights nursing NT servers back
| to health after they fall off the wagon to binge on worms and the
| other malware they have a genetic propensity to be addicted to, after
| growing dependent upon calling up the Redmond Father's TechNet for
| advice on how to deal with the regular schizoid mania and subsequent
| crashing of Windows, it's difficult to start over with something
| entirely new.
| IT managers are a whipped bunch. Linux is an allure associated with
| danger, like a pretty girl on the bus who smiles at the haggard,
| middle aged family man. She's just being friendly, not inviting him
| into a blissful world. He knows he has to think about his commitments
| to Microsoft, all of the fighting that would have been for nothing,
| all of the holding back of hair that he's already dealt with and wants
| to use as credit toward an established relationship. It's too much
| starting over, too late in the game.
| Today's adherents of Microsoft are like the COBOL programmers in the
| 90s: too old to learn new tricks, and too tired to even want to try.
| They are dinosaurs, dependent upon resisting change to maintain their
| proprietary world.
| Change isn't resisted successfully for long, but holdout adherents can
| oppose progress and tenaciously hold things up for longer periods of
| time than one might imagine possible.
| Is Linux Really a Problem?
| Of course, there are lots of phones that run Linux already--far more
| than run Windows Mobile--and they are not plagued by security
| problems.
| There are also tens of millions of embedded routers and phone systems
| running Linux or its BSD cousin, and none have suffered a scourge of
| security rashes anything remotely like Microsoft's Windows. Perhaps
| security isn't just a product of being powerful or having market
| share.
| Why would the iPhone's closed BSD environment be a special security
| risk? Hackers working on the iPhone have to build and install their
| own shell before they can even control it in ideal settings in a lab.
| If iPhone enthusiasts can't hack their own phones without first
| manually installing their own root access and shell environment, why
| are pundits distributing scary stories about the potential for iPhones
| to turn on their human masters and form a rebellion mechanical army of
| robot terrorists?
| Why didn't these flacks ever tell us about their brainstorming efforts
| to imagine security problems for Windows Mobile devices?


Macs on the network: Time to panic?

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| The facts reveal a coming resurgence. Apple sold 36% more Macs in the second
| quarter than the same quarter last year.
| [...]
| or the most part, connecting a Mac to a corporate LAN doesn't have a
| world-shattering effect on performance or support. According to William
| Green, director of networking at the University of Texas in Austin, the Mac
| has had a minimal impact on the school's infrastructure.
| "All OSs behave differently; if you have a multivendor environment, you have
| to deal with the differences," said Green. "There have not been any special
| problems related to Macs."


Alternate Universes: Unix vs MCSE

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| The problem isn’t the people: that MCSE who interprets the word “reliability”
| in the context of the technology keeping him employed is neither wrong nor
| bad; the problem is that the certainties which co-evolved with his technology
| didn’t evolve in the same directions in mine - meaning that we use the same
| words to refer to very different concepts and think we’re communicating when
| we’re not. * *


Linux growth tied to personnel issues

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| Certainly, Linux is gaining a track record for reliability, Jones said, and
| costs—at least for initial software licenses and maintenance—are lowest for
| Linux compared to Unix and Windows. And Jones cited Oracle Corp.’s decision
| to release its 11g database first on Linux as further evidence that the
| market is shifting irretrievably. * *
| With all the momentum behind Linux, an interesting question emerges: Why
| isn’t every shop that is able from a workload standpoint to migrate to Linux
| doing so? *
| Jones however sees a good reason for the hesitancy: skills. Unix shops in
| particular remain set in their server ways.


Open Source found to be source of all happiness

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| A REPORT by New York consulting company, Bluewolf, reckons that IT salaries
| are going to rise even higher in 2008, with open source application
| developers leading the pack with an average 7.6 percent salary growth. This
| corresponds to a salary increase from the previous average of $80,250 to
| about $112,500 a year for the lucky open saucers. * *


Advice for the MCSE: go back to school

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| Number one on that list is a simple reality: everything changes, and by
| betting against industry wide change you’re leaving yourself, your family,
| and even your community hostage to Microsoft’s continuing commercial success. *
| [...]
| Not many people like Microsoft - and there are better alternatives: Linux on
| the server side, MacOS X on the user side.
| Is it going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but it will - and when it does
| a lot of today’s MCSEs will be caught out: essentially unemployable in
| comparable professional roles without significant, unanticipated, and
| uprooting personal change. *


The meaning of Microsoft Server 2008

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| Server 2008 looks like a bit of an odd duck - it doesn’t meet the promises
| made for “Longhorn” and “Blackcombe”, it’s probably neither more reliable nor
| more efficient than its 64 bit 2003/XP based predecessors, and unlike Vista
| (with which it shares some code) the kernel changes amount to rather more
| than just another point release in the NT schedule. * *
| [...]
| And that, I think, reflects Microsoft’s other strategic concern: that MacOS X
| and Linux bracket Microsoft’s market and are both reaching out to the people
| in the middle - the managers and MCSE decision makers who now consider Apple
| too consumer oriented and Linux too technical. *

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