osOpinion: Where is the industry headed?Aug 18, 2000, 00:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Miller)
[ 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 heel."
"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."