I think your last paragraph says it all to one of my points..
I have a Solaris box that has the original Unidata apps from
1998..the box has run 2.6, 7 and now 8 and never has
anything broke with the upgrades. The cost thing
about Linux is completely a non-issue anymore. You can
download Solaris for free now. All the gcc tools
are there..Cost is the same.
We definitely agree on our dislike for Windows. I truly
cringed when I saw McIDAS-X for NT. I am very glad to see
that Tom is not supporting it fully yet..I think that's
a bad path for met departments to go down.
Anyway..that's enough for that. I got out my propganda.