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LinuxPlanet: The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 2

Nov 02, 2005, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John H. Terpstra)

"Since Table 1 shows that 0.18% of all customers (the percentage of 500-plus employee companies) account for 7.67% of servers sold, it is understandable that there should be strong competition in the enterprise market segment. But that does not adequately answer why it should dominate IT practices to the exclusion of any significant market presence for Linux vendors outside of this segment. Most of the IT world's needs can be met with simple, non-complex IT solutions. Should we not first strive to take care of our bases, before attempting to build castles in the sky?

"The world is preoccupied with the need for Linux to achieve a dominant share of the high-end server market as the acid-test of being enterprise-ready. The mental assertion being that when Linux reaches maturity in the enterprise market place (500+ users per company) it will magically be ready for the market as a whole. This patently ignores the fact that small sites do not have the same complexity of needs as exists in the enterprise market..."

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