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OS story needs more balance


I just finished reading 'NT, Solaris present a study in contrast' [GCN, May 24, Page 29]. The title and your reputation collectively suggest a balanced approach. A few bones are thrown Microsoft Windows NT's way'for example you say, without further explanation, that the Windows model of running multiple applications is cheaper than that of Sunsoft Solaris. But the vast majority of the article espouses the superiority of the current Solaris version and of future versions of Solaris and, by comparison, damns NT.

One paragraph states 'NT, Microsoft's most stable OS to date, cannot approach' Solaris' level of stability. No evidence is given to support this most critical thesis.

But perhaps your reviewer plays his hand most openly in the last paragraph, which encourages the reader to visit Sun Microsystem Inc.'s Web site for more information.

No similar lead is given to a source of information about NT.

Your magazine fulfills a need. We desperately need up-to-date, objective information on computer topics. GCN failed to maintain that standard of journalism otherwise evinced by your publication.

Master Sgt. Leland V. Lipman
Strategic Command
Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

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