This was interesting. Just recently MIT announced that they would be replacing their Cyrus IMAP infrastructure with Microsoft Exchange. The reason was that the IS Department wanted to offer Exchange – that is, they wanted to provide Microsoft Exchange services to their “customers” (students and faculty). Isn’t it ironic that it is none other than Carnegie Mellon, another educational institution, that maintains Cyrus IMAP? Many students are also upset, as they will no longer be able to use Pine for their email.
This news can be compared to the recent news from the London Stock Exchange: they are dropping their Windows-based trading system for one based on Linux. Of course, they didn’t go out of their way to choose one or the other: but the Windows-based system halted trading for an entire day; the exchange never stated exactly what the cause was, but information was that it was the trading system that was at fault. Now the CEO that brought in the trading system is out without any comment, and the first order of business for the new CEO is to dump the old Windows-based trading system. ComputerWorld has a nice article on it. This shows the reliability of Linux overall and suggests that the reliability of Linux should be a strong selling point.
Next time management starts suggesting replacing Linux with Windows – tell them the story of the London Stock Exchange. They are also not the only ones; go read the article.