Mad Penguin: Server or Desktop: Can Linux Companies Make it Work?
Nov 08, 2006, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)
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"Lately, I've found myself troubled with the changes taking
place with Xandros. As many of you probably know by now, Xandros
has gone through a reorganization that meant that they had to
layoff roughly five employees. What's even more disturbing is that
they are looking at letting go of their support for the desktop
market and focusing on the server realm instead. Granted they'll
still support their open circulation desktop to some extent, but
the fact remains that I'm seeing a possible trend brewing within
the Linux Desktop market that has me a little shaken up.
"For companies like Mandriva, Red Hat and Canonical, making sure
that servers are the primary focus is becoming key source of funds.
Red Hat has already made this transaction happen with much success
as Fedora Core is now their free community supported desktop
offering, as the company went on to further support income
generation in the ever-expanding server market. But the real
question--is this a beneficial move for the desktop user...?"