Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Geico Caveman ] on Wednesday 22 March 2006 17:07 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>>> | Novell boss Jack Messman is predicting that the open source operating
>>> | system market will be reduced to two dominant suppliers in the next
>>> | three to five years: Novell and Red Hat.
>> Its a brave but totally expected statement as he has a horse in the race.
>> Interesting how he discounts a distro that has been beating both of his
>> projected survivors - Ubuntu (code word for everything that is Debian
> That's exactly the one I had in mind. If I recall correctly, MEPIS moved from
> the Debian codebase to Ubuntu yesterday. Ubuntu is best bar none in
> particular aspects. It is probably less suitable for a complex enterprise,
> which is where Novell do a decent job. Red Hat seem to be strong with
> servers ATM.
He's referring to /suppliers/ not to distributions. Debian never was a
supplier, it was, and is, a distribution.
I also suspect that he's referring to the corporate small-mid server and
desktop markets, which I can see Novell & Red Hat doing very well in.
For the domestic and academic markets, I can see a huge opportunity for
someone to build up a support network based on something affordable in
the retail and education arena.
I also suspect that there's a need for Government suppliers, but they
could well be the same as the education suppliers.
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