[linux-elitists] We need to address the death of Solaris
Tue Jul 31 12:26:28 PDT 2001
According to Netcraft, Solaris' prensence on the net is dropping fast
(4% over the last year, vs astounding growth before that).
There are several things that I think the Linux community needs to do
1. Actively defeat anti-linux reaction (e.g. the Netcraft survey shows
apache is dropping in market-share... guess this means linux is dead).
2. Push people moving away from Solaris ONTO Linux.
3. Make sure that the pain of such transition is well understood
(e.g. going from "there's always a tool to do it" to "let's
see what Microsoft let's us do today")
Can others think of ways that such distinctions can be made to the general
public without needing millions of dollars for advertizing and
without confusing the people we're trying to communicate with?
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The July 2001 Netcraft Web Server Survey is out;
Developer June 2001 Percent July 2001 Percent Change
Apache 18466153 63.02 18382308 58.73 -4.29
Microsoft 5973654 20.39 8099757 25.88 5.49
iPlanet 1802041 6.15 1345566 4.30 -1.85
Zeus 810108 2.76 793587 2.54 -0.22
Developer June 2001 Percent July 2001 Percent Change
Apache 7346025 62.42 7314577 60.53 -1.89
Microsoft 3076623 26.14 3372341 27.91 1.77
iPlanet 273293 2.32 282517 2.34 0.02
Zeus 182735 1.55 184895 1.53 -0.02
Around the Net
Microsoft gains around five and a half per cent of web hosts this
month, and almost 2% of active sites. Primarily this is a result of
two large US installations converting to Windows 2000 from Solaris.
The large free hosting company Namezero, hosted on the Exodus
network, has migrated its front end systems to Windows 2000, as has
part of the Network Solutions domain registration system. Network
Solutions has moved physically from Digex, to Interland,
[where Microsoft held a minority interest, prior to the sale to
Micron] as part of the process.
These large installations had previously been masking a general
decline in Solaris share on the web, which is now down four percentage
points over the last year. Additionally, the Network Solutions site
was by far the largest Netscape-Enterprise installation in terms of
numbers of hostnames, and one would expect that Netscape-Enterprise
overall share will drop towards the 2-2.5% it has in the active sites
analysis over the next few months.
First .Net site spotted
This months survey also found a site outside of microsoft.com offering
Microsoft's .Net services. This is earlier than many people expected,
however the site www.empowered.com is a Microsoft Gold Certified
Partner and Microsoft itself has several sites using .Net, including
pre release of Windows .Net Server becoming quite widely deployed
There are already between six and seven hundred sites running
Microsoft-IIS/6.0 and Windows .Net Server, the operating system that
will succeed Windows 2000 sometime next year. Windows .Net Server has
had little media attention relative to .Net, and there has been no
prior reporting of the availability of a pre release, but the sites
running the Windows .Net pre-release are spread over several
Mark Shuttleworth set to venture into space
Conversely, something that has been very widely reported is that Mark
Shuttleworth, founder of the Thawte Certificate Authority is set to be
the second space tourist. Mark sold Thawte to Verisign for $550M
in November 1999, and is expected to provide Verisign stockholders
with an opportunity to see their money literally go up in smoke later
on this year.
Internet commerce steadily growing, recession or not
Despite the failure of many internet based companies over the last
year, there has been steady growth in the numbers of sites performing
encrypted transactions over the internet. Verisign recently
reported that 87% of SSL certificates expiring in the last quarter
were renewed, while our own SSL Survey shows growth of around 50% over
a year ago. The OECD recently produced a comparison of the growth in
internet SSL servers with the most comparable Nasdaq industry indexes
for a recent US Federal Reserve meeting, and this is shown below.
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Clients include IBM, Hewlett Packard, Deloitte & Touche, Energis,
Britannic Assurance, Guardian Royal Exchange, Lloyds of London, etc
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