[linux-elitists] Linux is a "juggernaut".
Karsten M. Self
Tue Jul 8 15:31:56 PDT 2003
on Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 12:17:08PM -0400, Jeff Kinz (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> Too bad IDC can't track the growth rate in terms of units.
> IDC bases their market analyses on dollars, not units shipped, or
> even better "units installed and in service".
This is the old "counting GNU/Linux" conundrum. It has several
- Traditionalists discount GNU/Linux because the dollar volume is too
small to be significant.
- The entrenched OS vendors discount GNU/Linux, out of desperation,
because they realize that GNU/Linux fully commoditizes the OS
- Forward-thinking users of IT, and vendors with an Inherently Broad
Market encompassing hardware, software, _and_ services, both realize
that free software (and GNU/Linux) provide cheaper entre to desktop,
workstation, embedded, and server class computing. That vendor lock
in is largely reduced (this is as important to IBM, for its own
desire to remain clear of DoJ anti-trust encumberances, as anyone
else, despite IBM's clear operational efficiencies in the free
software market). Bob Young of Red Hat has made clear for a long
time that Red Hat (or other commercial GNU/Linux vendors) aren't
going to come another Microsoft....but if Microsoft doesn't watch
out, and as it is very much aware, it could become another Red Hat.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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