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ZDNet UK: Red Hat Sees No Threat in UnitedLinux

Mar 06, 2003, 16:00 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dietmar Mueller)

"Q: In a study released late January, [the analyst firm] Meta Group revealed that participants most often mentioned the cost factor as the main argument Linux has going for it. If this argument really holds true in real-world applications, it is subject to frequent and heavy debate. Meta claims that the purchase of a Linux version for use in a professional environment can cost as much as Windows 2000 or UNIX. Cost advantages were most noticeable when compared to UNIX systems not running on Intel PCs but on Risc systems, such as Sun's SPARC or IBM's PowerPC. What chance does Linux have on desktops in general?

"A: Red Hat has an excellent chance to compete on future desktops. We see an evolution away from the fat client to the thin client, to where functionality is delivered on an as-needed basis, where that functionality can be fulfilled through a browser, and to where security and manageability are a priority for the user and administrator..."

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