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IT-Director: Peace, Love, Linux and IBM

Mar 29, 2001, 09:22 (16 Talkback[s])
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"Linux is one of the few technology issues that is really difficult for analysts to get their heads around. It doesn?t obey the normal pattern of technology take-up at all, and so it is easily misunderstood...."

"Linux has made it in the server world. It is difficult to know how dominant it is, because it is actually impossible to count the number of server running it. Many college kids graduate as Linux enthusiasts. They get operational jobs in companies and put Linux solutions in place without the company even knowing about. There is no license fee, so nobody knows how to count the numbers accurately. There may be many servers out there that once ran Windows or NetWare or SCO Unix, that now run Linux. Apart from that there are some major Linux users now, including Weather.com and Google, two of the busiest sites on the web, plus Shell International and Telia, the largest telco in Scandinavia - and that is just the tip of the iceberg...."

"This is completely unprecedented. A company launching and aggressive marketing campaign for a product that it has no claim over and for which it cannot obtain even one cent in direct revenues. Nevertheless, IBM is in a strong position because it can earn revenues from server sales, consultancy, outsourcing and a lot of other things. Sun, Compaq, Dell and Hewlett-Packard could all have gone down this road, but none of them showed much enthusiasm to do so. For them co-existence was the only idea they could muster. They may regret this."

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