This probably should be posted in ''Advocacy" but ... since you asked everyone ...
Truth in sharing ... am a Linux 'bigot'! And a correction ... RedHat isn't Unix ... it's Linux. ;)
Food for thought .... ok 95% Windows "Engineers" ... who/what is in the other 5%?
Do any of your Windows Engineers have experience with open source software on their platform?
Last time I checked ... if running a typical Moodle AMP (Apache
/PHP) stack ... Apache is faceless (no GUI there) - not 'standard' to Windows (IIS). MySQL is faceless and not 'standard' to Windows (MSSQL
), and PHP is not 'native' to Windows platform - it's a scripting language and there is no GUI for it either. Windows preference is ASP.Net or something else.
So what's 'advantage' for a GUI desktop/platform running an AMP stack open source package? Because Engineers can quickly navigate a GUI desktop which literally serves NO purpose in the running of the AMP stack - thus Moodle?
It's only been recently that one has an option to install PHP on a Windows server via Microsoft and yes, Microsoft seems to be changing their tune from one of 'Linux is a Cancer and must be eradicated' to one of ... ohhhh, shall I say 'inclusion' and 'cooperation'. But why? Read recently that most Azure hosted guest OS's were LInux (60%). And they will be offering or have their own Linux + are going to include in their next release of their OS 10 bash shell environment formerly found only on Linux and MacOSX boxen. Why?
Hmmmmm ... could they be surrounded by a sea of Linux and have finally figured out they are no longer in the 'drivers seat', so to speak.
Again ... just comments and food for thought!
It's OK to be 'different' ... after all, look at Google, Amazon, Facebook, NY Stock Exchange, and countless others who aren't Windows.
'spirit of sharing', Ken