I hope this "off topic" can be helpful when you manager asks you to
use a PC to manage your company's unix network.
A: Hello, help desk, how can I connect to company's network with
my unix machine?
B: What? unicks? How do you spell it?
A: That is, u-n-i-x.
B: OK, let me see. The software from IBM says that it does not support
unicks. Why can you dial in with NT to do your work?
** WHY need UNIX to connect **
* using unix box from a dtterm, not NT telnet window.
* being able to run applications such as adminsuite from home, with only
rpc using the link.
* native, better X windowing system. X emulator is slow.
Terminal/X-Windows emulators under NT don't work properly.
* Consistency in development environment. Can do development off line,
connect only when needed.
** WHY UNIX **
* unix has better performance
* unix is more stable
* unix has better security
* unix has better networking. Full suite of internet applications such as
telnet, rlogin, ftp, finger, talk, rusers, lpr at both side.
* I need Unix to do my job, or do my job more effectively.
Certain jobs can only be done on desktop unix, such as benchmark testing,
resource management, and device configuration.
* I would require XXX hours of so-and-so's time, Unix I'll do myself.
* Free applications. Don't want to be a slave to Microsoft
* more control over your UNIX setup when dialling in than an NT system
* UNIX is more flexible than NT
** WHY NOT NT **
* Do not have NT at home. another computer system costs $$$.
* Machine is not powerful enough to run Windows NT
* NT will cost $$$. Office/Visual C etc will cost $$$.
* I would need another/larger disk to add NT.
* It's against your religion to run NT.
** Other issues **
* Linux can use NAT to support multiple machines under one IP address
* Family members tend not to play around with unix system
A few people mention I can just connect myself wether it is supported
or not. The issue is I do not know what they use, IBM's Virtual Private
Network (VPN). No idea.
Harvey M Wamboldt
Bryan J. Smith
David S. Foster
Glover, Craig G
Harvey M Wamboldt
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