InfoWorld: Bob Young: The CEO of Red Hat says Linux momentum begets momentum
Aug 21, 2000, 01:53 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Infoworld: What are GNOME's challenges?"
"Young: The obvious one is applications. The
beauty of it, though, is Microsoft didn't achieve its dominance by
convincing people to unplug their DEC minicomputers and replace it
with DOS. They took advantage of a huge shift in computing from the
minicomputer to the PC, and Microsoft became the industry standard
OS for that new technology. Tactically, we've been building all the
desktop tools, and I expect we'll be reasonably successful in the
classic desktop market, but it's a hard row to hoe -- to displace
Windows thoroughly. The opportunity is that the future of computing
is not on the desktop. The future of computing is in the Internet
appliance and, of course, in many cases the Internet appliance is
going to look very similar to what people think of as a PC. It
really boils down to what you use it for, and if the bulk of the
applications are actually on the Net or on your intranet, then it
really is an Internet appliance; it's not a PC at all. And in that
model, who needs Windows?"
"InfoWorld: Will corporations be willing to
move away from Microsoft Office applications?"
"Young: The vast majority of us do not need
the functionality of Microsoft Office. There is a subset of us who
do, and Microsoft should be encouraged and allowed to serve that
marketplace, because they actually build good office suite
technology. The problem is we're all paying too much for it.
Corporations are buying every one of their users a copy of
Microsoft Office when only one out of 10 of their employees
actually use the functionality of Microsoft Office. As soon as the
CFOs start reigning in the MIS directors' willingness to write
massive checks to Microsoft for licenses they do not need, you're
going to see our share of the desktops increase."