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System Administrators Myth

There exists a category of system administrators that don’t like Windows running on machines in their server racks. I understand; Unix/Linux has its culture; and its followers will not like Windows. One thing that annoy me; most of them basically don’t like “change”.

I needed to do some stuff on a Linux server; I tried “pico”, “nano” and “joe”; but found none. (All of them are simple text editors) there was just “vi” available on the system. I asked my system administrator to please install “pico” or “nano” (my preferred editors on Linux) and he started making statements that why I should learn using “vi”

My question is; if better options are available why bother to learn old stuff? We never learn how to ride a horse or donkey; our fore-fathers might have used them as their conveyance; but we use motor bikes and cars these days…

Published Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:25 PM by khurram

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# re: System Administrators Myth

Saturday, October 1, 2005 9:50 AM by jahil
One reason for learning vi is that you know it is going to be on whatever UNIX platform you are running. I do agree with learning VI editor, if you want to administrate multi-flavor Unix then learn it 

The use of OS depend on which operating system to go with depends on your needs. First of all, just because you use Windows at home does not mean you should use Windows Server. The two are completely different, and having a Windows system at home will not affect your ability to communicate with a UNIX server.

Secondly, Linux is much more common with server based application due to its superior stability and because it is free. Since it is free, Linux services are usually cheaper than Windows. Just because it’s free does not mean it’s not as good - Linux is an excellent product too.
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