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Linux Online: Linux: Alive and well on my desktop!

Jun 22, 2001, 20:33 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Jordan)

[ Thanks to M. J. Ruiz for this link. ]

Anyone who wants to read a revival sermon on the Linux destkop will enjoy this piece. Pinning the "Linux is dead on the desktop" argument squarely on turncoats and old people, Mr. Jordan rallys the troops, arguing that desktop Linux is spreading into many markets. As it must, he says, lest Microsoft not only keep the desktop but dominate the server, too.

"The other reason for mentioning this is the David Coursey type of reason. This one that I also understand, but that I can't abide by. Mr. Coursey is a big-time tech journalist who appears on TV as well as in print. He makes his living trying to guess where technology is going and then write and/or speak about it. The problem for him and for all of us in this information business is that we're at an important crossroads in our history in terms of technology and its relationship to intellectual property. It's the the seventh game of the World Series and the people like Microsoft who defend the "status quo" of intellectual property and the people who defend the new open model, which Linux is the most famous example, are tied in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game could go either way. The Microsoft model could win or the Linux model could win. I personally think that people are getting tired of the screw-balls that Microsoft and their model is throwing and that the Linux hitters have gotten wise to them and we're going to hit one out of the ball-park sometime very soon and Linux is going to then be on its way and be welcomed into homes and offices around this globe. People like Mr. Coursey, on the other hand, want us to believe that the game is going to go into extra innings, overtime. But what does this amount to? Intellectual fence-sitting. I suspect that he has some internal FUD, so he appears to say how wonderful Linux is while at the same time telling us that we can't compete against Microsoft. They've already won the World Series, long ago, according to him. In a sense, he's catering to his two possible meal tickets, Microsoft in the present and Linux in the future.

John F. Kennedy's favorite concept was taken from Dante, author of The Inferno. He said that Dante reserved the lowest parts of hell for those, who, in times of crisis, didn't take a stand. I am going to take a stand. I think, in fact, I'm convinced that Linux is not only going to dominate in the server market, but will in the next few years achieve equal status with Microsoft and even take over in the "desktop" market. I put the word "desktop" in quotes, because I think that this concept is changing quickly and Linux is in the best position to take advantage of that. There are a couple of reasons why I think this way."

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