becomes mission critical you should consider having a standby box as a warm
spare - you'll pick up abox with a spec like yours (or better) for a couple
of hundred quid second hand.]
Oh it already is mission critical... and yes I'd like a machine five times
faster... hell I'd like to move our internal dns over to Linux... as there
is no software 'bar exchange' that requires an m$ server... everything else
is replaceable...., [even if I could convince my boss to let me nuke nt4 in
favor of Linux on our Dell poweredge... I'd still have to configure the box
over the weekend such that on a Monday morning there were [NO] problems] as
development couldn't stop while I was configuring the server... [I'm sure
most everyone understands this] so for the moment I'm fairly lucky that as a
junior developer I have managed to argue round 2 guys who are twice my age
and earning twice my salary into using a OS they regard as 'inferior'
because it's free... and have by the skin of my teeth demonstrated how it
makes sense for them in terms of cost to use Linux... reviving old
hardware... negating buying expensive hardware routers, firewalls, dedicated
mimetype filtering d.m.z.s,etc,etc,etc and all this on a broken down box
that was taking up space in the canteen.
But now that you mention it... I have access to a 386 and a 486 making
themselves useless that could possibly be put to some use.... but this
backup box would be next to redundant considering the stability of the
current system [troll].
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