Datamation: What if Microsoft Ignored Linux?
Feb 17, 2007, 01:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)
"Let's be clear, Linux really isn't the most lucrative platform
on the market. It goes on the least expensive hardware, and much of
what goes into it appears subsidized by other revenue streams. The
marketing, such that it is, appears largely voluntary. The
organizations that sit at the center, like the Linux Foundation,
seem constantly underfunded or in the process of downsizing or
changing leadership in preparation for downsizing.
"Governments seem to like it a lot, probably because they see a
lot of similarity in the OSS structure to their own, where progress
is hardly a priority and often seems more like something to be
avoided. The question of when the next major Linux release will
occur is perennial. And in an environment where the next major
even be decided on, the concept of a major OS release is virtually
impossible to accomplish..."