osOpinion: Where is the industry headed?
Aug 18, 2000, 00:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Miller)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
[ Thanks to Kelly
McNeill for this link. ]
"I'll start with the question: What is the future of the
current OS market? Many pundits are now stating that Linux is
beginning to take over the server market and is due to rapidly
encroach on the MS installed base. I happen to agree with that, but
not for the reasons most pundits put forth."
"Linux is, first and foremost, an Operating System, not a user
experience. The user experience may be seamlessly integrated with
Linux, but the user experience is not Linux. The same may not be
said for Microsoft products - the user experience is the OS is the
user experience. They cannot easily be separated. This is not an
advantage to MS - in fact, it either is beginning to, or will in
the very near future, cripple them badly. It is their Achilles
"Because of embedded devices. One need not know that they are
running the Linux OS, because the user experience is tailored
exactly to what the user needs. Linux can be, and has been, easily
placed into set top devices, embedded devices, and even telephones.
The user interface, as well as the OS, have been exactly what are
required for reliable and easy operation of these devices."