Chapter 18 Server Platforms: Network Operating Systems

In the Dark Ages, a Slavic king invited representatives of each of the major religions—Roman Catholicism, Greek Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism, and others—to visit him. He wanted them to make their religions known to him so that he could pick a religion for his country to follow. Eventually he chose the Greek Orthodox religion, which is a story for another time. That parallel to this chapter becomes clear only if you've ever seen users jumping up and down over some new announcement at a MacWorld or Windows World conference. If you've witnessed to that kind of scene, you can't help but be reminded that adopting an operating system (OS) is a little bit like adopting a religion.

When you pick a network ...

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