Software Development Times: Linux and the Tipping Point

[ Thanks to Ernest
for this link. ]

“Now, just because Linux in the enterprise is set to take off
doesn’t mean that being in the business of selling Linux
implementations is necessarily a good thing. It can be difficult
selling a free product, as two of the most respected Linux
distributors-SuSE and TurboLinux-announced layoffs late last

“SuSE is reported to be laying off 75 percent of its U.S. work
force, yet claims its commitment to this market will not be
affected. No reason was given for the move. TurboLinux is said to
have begun laying off 40 of its 120-member staff as part of a
restructuring brought about by its acquisition of LinuxCare, which
is reported to be laying off 10 percent of its staff.”

“Unless distributors can find compelling Linux services and a
sustainable business model, Linux may very well grow like weeds in
the enterprise while vendors wither on the vine outside.”


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