Silicon.com: Quocirca’s Straight Talking: What Europe’s CIOs Really Think of Linux

[ Thanks to Matt for
this link. ]

“If you read the marketing literature put out by many IT
vendors, you will get the impression that Linux already completely
dominates the operating system arena and is the only sensible
option for corporate buyers who need a secure, scalable and open
OS. The underlying message is that only suckers would pay
substantially more for demonstrably inferior commercial

“Against this background–and without getting into the arguments
for and against Linux itself–it is interesting to analyse just how
much Linux has really been accepted in mainstream IT circles. To do
this objectively, however, we have to understand the vested
interests of the various groups providing opinions and avoid the
trap simply of taking what the noisiest of them say at face

“Consider the IT vendors, specifically the Microsoft strategic
competitor community made up of the likes of IBM, Oracle and Sun.
Such players are engaged in a perpetual struggle to control
customer accounts and secure the greatest possible share of IT
budget within them. The one thing they have in common is that they
are all trying to steal marketshare from Microsoft or vice


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