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OfB.biz: The Desktop Dilemma

Aug 12, 2002, 23:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

[ Thanks to Timothy R. Butler for this link. ]

"As the economic downturn has taken its toll on GNU/Linux companies, many surviving companies have decided to move away from the desktop market, and focus on the server instead. This escalated to an alarming pace after the death of Eazel, a startup that created the Nautilus file manager, and while the focus-on-server mania has calmed down lately, it is still very much alive. Yet, it seems to me, that focusing on the server will in the end cause these companies to loose not only the desktop, but the server as well.

"The first exhibit that I present to you to show that focusing on the server will lead to loss of marketshare, is Mandrake's rapid ascent in Netcraft's server survey. In recent months, it has been found that Mandrake's Apache/AdvancedExtranet server (a specially tuned version of the Apache web server, along with servers for other functions) has surpassed the usage of RedHat's [sic] Stronghold Apache server. In fact, AdvancedExtranet's overall growth was six times that of the web's average.

"The irony here, as some of you may note, is Mandrake is primarily a GNU/Linux distribution focused on the desktop/workstation market. That is not to say Mandrake Linux's server offering is not an excellent product, all accounts seem to say it is. Yet, one has to wonder why RedHat--a company focused on the server--is losing ground to a company that is traditionally aimed at the desktop..."

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