Versions and SKUs oh my!

Microsoft fleshes out small-, mid-size Windows server plans | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1203


Good post to read that goes into more of the options and wiggle room with comments by Steven Van Roekel

In the follow up comments, from the “get a clue, this isn’t a religion” department, this comment by Ye caught my eye…


How is it that I can take one copy of Solaris and run it on a uniprocessor desktop as well as a 106 processor F15K server? OS X comes in two versions: A home version “OS X” and a server version “OS X Server”. This is getting ridiculous Microsoft!

While there at times too many SKUs (Vista versions anyone?), one shouldn’t miss the point that the two servers, SBS and EBS are not “just” operating systems.  Am I to assume from his posting that Solaris is not only an operating system but an email server, a shared file portal, a remote access tool right?   That all of those functions are available from both Solaris and OSX Server? 


Folks, if you want to do any sort of “feature” comparison, look at IBM’s newly purchased Nitix, otherwise, don’t rant when you don’t know what you are talking about.


Windows is just an operating system.  Solaris is just an operating system, OSX Server is that too.  This is equivalent of loading up Ubuntu and having OpenOffice installed and then comparing it to just Windows with notepad.  One has applications pre-loaded on it.  The other is just the building block, that’s all.


When the beta goes public later, I’d recommend Ye to sign up for it so he can rant authoritatively.


(edit) – http://www.stepwise.com/Articles/Workbench/eart.index.html … show me an alternative platform where I’m not “building” the solution through command line or other means.  That’s the difference (that I failed to point out originally).  When the install is finished, you end up with a solution, you aren’t at the very first step of the blueprints.

2 Thoughts on “Versions and SKUs oh my!

  1. Actually, both Solaris and Ubuntu and OS X come with the mail server, web server and far more. So the core of that argument is flawed.

    He also rightfully points out that Microsoft is outright ridiculous in the home, home premium, business, ultimate and so on. Microsoft is fragmenting (cripling) its editions by enabling and disabling features because it doesn’t believe you actually buy the operating system, you buy “the right to use the features you pay for”

    Think of OSX and Linux as Disneyland where one ticket gets you all the rides, and Microsoft Windows as your local shady circus / arcade where you pay for entrance, for games, for rides, for mini-golf, etc. Oh, you want Active Directory? That’s going to cost you.

    -Vlad

  2. Vlad is correct but I love this

    http://www.stepwise.com/Articles/Workbench/eart.index.html … show me an alternative platform where I’m not “building” the solution through command line or other means. That’s the difference (that I failed to point out originally). When the install is finished, you end up with a solution, you aren’t at the very first step of the blueprints.

    You are sooooo right ! It’s the difference between buying a prefab house or buying all the individual parts indivually and then having to spend a year figuring out how it’s supposed to all go together.

    “Hello manufacturer. Where I am supposed to put this thing ?”

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