[linux-elitists] Red Hat borrows $500M
Tue Jan 6 23:39:42 PST 2004
<quote who="Brian McGroarty">
> And dropping the desktop with their flamboyant "okay, we've been living a
> lie -- take those boxes back to Windows" proclamation sure didn't help in
> solidifying their image, either.
Grr. This is not the case. Red Hat have a desktop product . As a realist
looking the Linux Desktop case, Szulik understands that *right now* Linux is
not appropriate for all users, and a large proportion of will probably be
better off sticking with Windows. He has not said that we are living a lie.
He has provided a very balanced and fair assessment of the marketplace as it
stands right now. To quote :
"I would say that for the consumer market place, Windows probably
continues to be the right product line," he said. "I would argue that from
the device-driver standpoint and perhaps some of the other traditional
functionality, for that classic consumer purchaser, it is my view that
[Linux] technology needs to mature a little bit more."
"Consumers want USB drivers and digital camera support; but for the
enterprise desktop, that is a little bit different - that area is ripe,"
he said. "We think that the enterprise desktop market place is much more
strategic and has buyers whose needs we can exceed."
I totally agree with him. We're not going to take out Windows overnight. Far
from it. In the mean time, we have to take a realistic approach to what our
potential users are looking for -> manageable, lockable enterprise desktops,
predominantly for 'transactional' workers, that provide a significant cost
and CTO benefit over a Windows solution.
I'm glad the business leaders in our community aren't smoking crack.
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