[linux-elitists] Linux is a "juggernaut".

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Tue Jul 8 15:31:56 PDT 2003


on Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 12:17:08PM -0400, Jeff Kinz (jkinz@kinz.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".

Aye.

This is the old "counting GNU/Linux" conundrum.  It has several
interesting results:

  - 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
    market.

  - 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.
    Or DRI.

Peace.

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