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>> From a auditing standpoint I think a company would be assuming an undefendable risk to use a system that has no l[e]gimate business backing it up.

From my personal viewpoint, I'd prefer a community-backed system (ie Linux) over a business-backed system. Isn't it more likey for a business to go bust than for a community to be wiped out? Furthermore Linux support through the newsgroups is heaps better, not to mention that bug reports are actually investigated into by whoever's responsible rather than be explained off as a feature :).

Much as I like Linux, I am not sure the distinction in support is clear. With Microsoft, I get consistent support: none. With Linux, I get problematic support. Sometimes my questions are answered in a matter of hours, but sometimes several months go by without an answer.

For people whose full-time job it is to support a system, this may not be so bad, since the source and compilation systems are available, but for a user with no desire to be a system administrator, this is not altogether satisfactory. Of course, when I was at Bell Labs, I could not always get support either.
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