Upside: Where will Linux go from here?
Aug 21, 2000, 23:57 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard L. Brandt)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"...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