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Upside: Where will Linux go from here?

Aug 21, 2000, 23:57 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard L. Brandt)

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"...despite the fanatical dedication of its fans, the widespread distribution and overheated hype that surrounds Linux, it's still an untried and radical business model. It's a revolution in programming and, by all accounts, an amazingly well-crafted product. People use it. Especially those hackers who love tweaking code and maintaining solid control over their computer systems. That does not mean, however, that it will ever become a huge moneymaker or dominate markets."

"...increasing commercial success of Linux could prove dangerous. That's when the capitalist forces really go on the attack. No, you cannot underprice Linux, and you may not even be able to match its quality. But companies like Microsoft and Sun Microsystems (SUNW) have never succeeded by being price or quality leaders. Marketing, corporate relationships and standards are what put these companies ahead."

"IBM and about every other company in the industry have announced Linux plans, as well as alliances against Microsoft. But never underestimate the buying public's reluctance to give up a familiar standard for a new one. Linux will never take significant market share from the established strongholds of Microsoft or Sun. We've seen many alliances before, and they're not worth the price of the paper the press releases are printed on."

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