I happened to catch a blurb promoting Xandros BridgeWays Management Console. I'm not going to pick any fault with that product;
I'm sure it's as grinchy as grinchy can be, but my eyebrows did raise
"Generally speaking, people who administer Windows environments
aren't as comfortable working at the text file level, which is more
characteristic of Linux, and giving them a graphical interface to
manage Linux is a huge win," open source expert Bernard Golden,
CEO of Navica, told LinuxInsider. "It makes it easier for those
organizations to adopt Linux."
Ah.. excuse me? To me, that sounds an awful lot like "Windows
folk are too dumb to use a command line, so we're giving them this."
Now, yes, I know that's not what they meant, but if I were a top-level
Windows admin type, I'd be a little insulted. More than a little, actually.
You see, every good Windows admin I've known is perfectly comfortable
at the command line. Of course it's Windows command line, which historically
has been less fun than riding a tricycle in an Iron Man race, but still:
good Windows admins know their command line. The "pretend" admins
may not, but I'm sure the real Windows admins have just as much disdain
for those folks as we do.
I know right now somebody reading this is thinking "Windows is SOO
pathetic, dude.. whatcha defending it for?".
I'm not: I agree
that Windows is an awful OS, painful to live with and even more
painful to administer. That's why you and I do Unix and Linux, right?
But that doesn't mean that the poor people who have to keep those
systems running are incompetent boobs - actually, in many situations
they have to work harder and need much more creativity and problem solving
skills than we do!
So let's not denigrate our fellow admins and pretend that they
aren't capable of handling Linux or Unix systems. Yes, yes, yes: I
know there are a lot of "fake" admins in the Windows world, people
who really don't know much of anything about the systems they supposedly
are responsible for. It completely disgusts me when I run across some
supposed Windows admin who doesn't know as much as I do about Windows -
because trust me, I don't know much. But I also know that there are
really sharp, really capable Windows admins and I don't believe
for a minute that any of them would have any problem with Linux,
command line or not. They are bright people, and just like us they know
what's going on "underneath", so they can figure things out. They'll
adjust, they'll investigate, they'll read and research, and they'll learn.
It's really insulting to imply that they wouldn't, isn't it?.
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