• Subject: Re: Unix Comparison
  • From: "Emilio Padilla Taylor" <epadilla@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 18:05:57 -0600
  • Organization: Padilla Asociados

Scott Klement wrote:

>
>I'm sorry... but this comparison is unfair, and in most situations,
completely untrue.

>If you buy an RS/6000 from IBM (for example) you get all the software and
hardware from the same source, etc, all maintained by >the same company.

RS/6000 is an UNIX System.  Like in the example, put a Ford Escort engine on
a Ford Pickup body with a Ford Explorer Suspension and you will have the
same results.

>
> Likewise, if you put 3rd party software and printers and other equipment
> for your AS/400, you get a similar scenario to #1 with the AS/400
> platform.

Until now, I had never seen any good 3rd party software or printer stop
working after an OS or Database version upgrade. (with the exception of an
CISC to RISC upgrade).  I can't say the same with an HPUX, Oracle or Sybase
Upgrade.

>
> In my experience, any computer/software/hardware system will end up sooner
> or later being like the "build your own car" scenario.  That's why people
> like us have jobs.
>
>
Not necessary I didn't say that you could build your own car using an
AS/400.
What I said was, you have the option not to do it.  You could use 3rd party
hardware, you can install M$ Access on the IPCS and use it as your main
database .  You could create your own Database not using UDB (user spaces,
User indexes, create your own Btrees
and other tools). Not that I recommend it.  Our job is, IMHO, to adjust the
system the best we can to our customer-employee needs without loosing the
support that AS/400 as a whole gives as much as possible.

Unless your trying to keep your job in M$ way (If a need for your job
doesn't exist, you have to create one). :)  Thank God for Bill Gates or 80%
of our MIS staff will be out of job.

Emilio Padilla


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