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Internet Week posts invalid mis-quote

Yesterday we reported on an
Internet Week article that has now been shown to be a mis-quote of
a letter submission.

The original E-Mail follows:

One factual error and a few opinion tidbits from
your
article.

> fastest-growing operating system last year, capturing
> 17 percent of all shipments.

Actually Linux was 17% of Server licenses sold. If it was
17% of the total market for OSs then MS would be having
ducklings :). Linux is only 2.5% of Desktops. Much as I
would like to see this rise, it isn’t yet the case.

> IBM appears to agree with the conventional wisdom that
> even a popular Linux will not kill Windows and harm its
> own healthy NT business.

Why would IBM care weather users buy NT or Linux ? Assuming
they have a $ 100 markup on each NT license which they buy
for $200 ( arbitrary figures ). They could sell you a server
with Linux for $ 100 less and make more money.

AIX is a little different since IBM wrote and maintains it.
Despite this, there is nothing stopping IBM from selling
boxes with Linux in the same market where AIX is popular.
If Linux becomes more popular than AIX and scales to larger
boxes ( definite possibility ) then IBM could cut it’s internal
AIX team to just a few programers who help to maintain Linux.
The complete solutions ( which is what IBM sells ) would still
cost an arm and a leg.

SCO, Microsoft and BE are the only companies who could loose
money if Linux becomes insanely popular or even dominant in
the marketplace.

> But will Linux find its way into the enterprise and (gasp)
> the corporate desktop? Don’t bet on it. Commercial firms
are
> risk-averse by nature. They are more than willing to pay
an
> OS license for the right to sue somebody if things go
wrong.

Do not fall victim to this common misconception. If you run
say a massive EComerse business on SCO OpenServer and a month
after starting an OS bug causes you to loose a billion dollars.
Want to guess how much you can demand from SCO in the lawsuit ?

According to pages 4 and 5 of the license agreement you can get
a replacement at no charge, if within 90 days the media ( I.e.
the CDs or Diskettes ) is found to be defective. No other
warranties exist and they take the better part of 2 pages to
tell you this in both Legalese and plain english.

The license for All other OSs and software that I have sean
say essentially the same thing. It’s an obvious defense
mechanism. Why ? Let’s supose NT has one little bug that
causes 20% of users to loose valuable DATA. ( OS Bugs will
tend to affect many people, since the bug is replicated to all
copies ). Lets say 1/10th of those join in a class action
suite for everything from lost baby pictures and tax returns
to patient data ( and by extension life ).

The resulting judgment could easily bankrupt Microsoft. Other
OS Vendors tend to have less money.

> That said, I’ll admit the arrival of a fast version of
Java
> (Sun has certified a port of Java 2 to Linux) has
intriguing
> possibilities. I’m thinking of single-purpose, inexpensive
> network devices for the home, parking lot or dentist’s
office.
> If in two years the software that runs your dentist’s
office
> is a Java application, why not run it on a Linux box?

No reason at all. Java, however is still much slower than
Native apps on every platform. Vendors of custom single purpose
devices can do without it.

A Wild Card to watch is HCC. The company that bought Corel’s
Netwinder division.

Thanks to Dan Reish for bringing this to our attention. -lt
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