As I have been looking around this morning, at all that was written yesterday that I was not given enough time to at least scan, I saw a piece on ZDNet, from Mary-Jo Foley. In the piece she states that some analysts from Gartner, Inc. have published some results showing that all the current proposals for the move away from IE6 (and of course, Windows XP) are too expensive.

I rarely think about things like this, because I work with individuals and small businesses. I have only a few times worked with large business entities, as I find the amount of non-IT work to keep things running smooth is well above my level of tolerance.

But as I think about this now, I am truly wondering why these large companies, which cannot, by the nature of the way they work, turn on a dime, do not have the long view in mind. It would seem to be that this would be of ultimate importance to them.

With that in mind, instead of using some stop-gap measure to keep things running acceptably on IE6, whether or not in Windows XP, it might be better to move to a platform that has all the things that (big) business likes – a history of service, well thought progression into the future, and support that does as much handholding as is necessary.

The first two things on that short list mean that Microsoft is out, as the customer is never certain from one quarter to the next what will survive and what wonder-project of Microsoft’s will be declared DOA before most of the target audience knows about it. ( I am reminded of Vine, something I thought was a very good idea. A Facebook for adults, if you will. )

The last item on that short list means that many free alternatives to the Windows universe are left in the cold, because most are hardly better than do-it-yourself  projects, and big business needs none of that.

But since we have seen RedHat continue to evolve, and prosper, I wonder why it is that more and more businesses don’t move to its wares, which are solid, and advancing, but not at too quick a pace.

This is something I find most enticing about RedHat ( for businesses ). It doesn’t move or change so quickly that the average large business would be left behind.  As a matter of fact, I could envision a company moving to RHEL and then slowly being weaned from the RedHat  product, to Fedora, having built up an internal IT force that was more than competent at doing all that was necessary to service the complete needs of the company. This would further remove costs from the equation, and make the long term more fruitful.

Though RHEL is not cheap, over the long haul it must be, rather than the constant upheavals of the crazy train that is Microsoft, and the removal of all Microsoft FUD from the situation would seem to be more than enough reason to make the move ASAP. The move to RHEL would mean that there would be no trouble moving to remote storage ( the cloud, for those who must use the buzz words ) as it was designed for that.

By the way, I don’t work for RedHat, know anyone who does, nor am I getting remuneration from them. I will say that Fedora is my second favorite Linux distribution, and I also think it’s number one in terms of security, having come from under the wing of RHEL.

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