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Apple Prices Beat Linux
You guys need to price some Linux servers from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, or IBM, which are comparable to Apple's Xserver in features and capabilities and which are fully configured for deployment ("Apple: Can Sex Appeal Counter Sticker Shock?").

Even without the rapacious Windows license, Linux--once you add the second Xeon processor; the memory; comparable hard drives; support from Red Hat, IBM, or Novell; etc.--is significantly more expensive than Xserver. What tips the scales are the really expensive price of licenses for ongoing support of Linux and the price of the Linux server, once it's been comparably configured for deployment.

As for desktops, even the major Linux booster, IBM, had to admit that the Linux desktop (KDE and Gnome) isn't ready for prime time, because of limited applications and because the Linux operating system and GUIs aren't yet refined and sufficiently easy to use. That's why, when recently discussing deploying Linux on the desktop for business, IBM said that at present Linux on the desktop was best suited to dedicated tasks, such as office functions using StarOffice.
Orlando Smith
Attorney, Cleveland

Developers' Anger
The last sentence of "You May Be Next" says that if SCO Group wins, lots of checks will be going SCO's way. What you don't say, and what I'm sure would be the outcome of a successful (although unlikely) court decision in favor of SCO, would be the unbridled wrath of a world full of Linux developers working at warp speed to rewrite and remove all code in record-breaking time. So if the court gives Linux users six to eight months to pony up, the new code would be ready in five.

Sorry, Cowboy McBride, this bucking bronco will throw you before the 10 seconds are up. You lose.
Tom Lopolito
President, Parsec Systems, North Easton, Mass.

Show Of Courage
I suspect it took a great deal of courage for Bob Evans to start off his list of things to be thankful for with comments about Iraq and Afghanistan ("Time To Give Thanks For Many Things"). The courage and integrity of this country in trying to beat back the tyrants that threaten not just us but people throughout the world is one of our great strengths.
Sherman R. Homan
Owner, Macintosh Solutions, Hingham, Mass.

Microsoft's Insecurity
I can't believe any bank would sign up with Microsoft to get secure software ("Keep Fraud In Check"). A company that's world renowned for the buggiest software ever written is the last place I'd look.
Don Boudreaux
Treasurer, Boudreaux Family Association, Lafayette, La.

Protect Information And IT Jobs
The best way to stop the hemorrhage of jobs is to let customers of large businesses know just how the offshore companies develop the software used in their specific industry ("The Programmer's Future"). How many customers know that their accounts may be vulnerable when the developers know the file structure, account-validity routines, and test data supplied from the U.S. company?

In the banking industry, for example, how would banking customers feel if they knew their account information is in the hands of potential terrorists? If a malicious act did occur, what do we do? Sue?

I'm completely confounded by banks giving their most precious and valuable asset to another company. If customers knew this, they'd find a bank that was U.S.-based. This would bring IT jobs back to the United States.
G. "Scat" Scaturro
Check Management, Support, Walnut Creek, Calif.

The name of Indiana Gov. Joseph Kernan was misspelled in "Offshore 'Hiccups In An Irreversible Trend'".

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