11 Dec 06
27 Feb 07 5:50 am
In server land - Linux is more common than we realise and is often run with a Windows GUI to placate the masses. It also has a longer history of stability too.
I'd look at getting more familiar with linux because Vista is going to rearrange a few things and force a rethink in the Windows world. Corporate reluctance to buy the new version, means we don't know the timing for Vista ServerSide retraining (current guess is 12 months away).
In hindsight, linux has changed far less than windows and offers a few extra benefits, not previously stated:
If you do crash, you can probe and recover files with a live CD based operating system (try that with Vista!).
The help desk people reside on Planet Earth and have human reasoning processes unlike MS Help staff (who posed for my avatar).
Because of the competition amongst the various Linux distributions, you won't get your supplier selling you "security patches" that are actually spyware, like Windows Genuine Advantage (which is also in Vista and coming to Office 2007 soon).
If you are in for the long haul - I think Linux is a better proposition.