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IT-Director: Linux fails at the OS Corral - so what?

Jul 05, 1999, 10:38 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cheshire Cat)

"Recent benchmarks have shown Linux running less quickly than Windows NT. This may seem significant, but it is not. Linux is open source, developed lovingly by the doves of the IT world. It is a product, it might be argued, and it does pose significant competition to comparable products such as Windows NT. It does not, however, behave as a product. It does not stand up to cost-benefit analysis, because it does not have a financial cost. Different models must be applied."

"Die-hards of the Linux community would say that the reason Linux is successful is because of the huge numbers of idealistic hackers who are prepared to make something beautiful. They're wrong. Linux is moving mainstream because the vendors see it as an opportunity to make money. In any business, there are some things that are given away for free and others which are paid for. With the technological advances that are currently being made, new business models have been invented which take advantage of this. But it was ever thus. The huge advantage of Linux to vendors, is that it is already free - vendors can give away something for nothing, but at minimal cost to themselves."

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