__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Sunday 03 December 2006 04:04 \__
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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Outlook 2007: Linux and Open Source
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Next year will be a big one for Linux, with new platforms
>>| and opportunities in the data center.
>>| Much more interesting, we hope, will be next year's vendor
>>| activities surrounding desktop Linux.
>>| While Linux is well positioned, featurewise, to give Windows a
>>| run for its money in 2007, what the platform still lacks is the
>>| sort of OEM support model that Windows enjoys.
>>| It's nearly impossible to buy a PC without a bundled Windows
>>| license, which makes Windows effectively free for most
>>| buyers and erodes the Linux price advantage--particularly
>>| since most enterprise or business user oriented desktop
>>| Linux options come with per machine fees attached.
>>| In addition, Microsoft's practically exclusive relationships
>>| to PC OEMs ensures that vendor efforts to provide working
>>| drivers remain trained almost solely on Windows.
>>| Linux distributions have grown quite good over the past
>>| few years at making their way onto PCs without the help of OEMs.
>> Unisys argues that many OEM's will preinstall Linux in the year to come.
>> Microsoft's scare tactics, which exclude competition and keep it out of
>> the consumer's sight, will no longer work.
>> Unisys Predicts 2007 Open Source Trends
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| According to Unisys experts, 2007 will be the year that open source
>>| software attains the architectural backing and distribution channels
>>| needed to gain acceptance from enterprise customers as a front-rank
>>| vehicle for deploying enterprise applications to drive business growth
>>| and innovation at a lower cost per transaction.
> Interesting - so Unisys are going the Linux route too. Weren't they the
> company that used to offer windows on a mainframe?
> From the OEM perspective, Linux is now so easy to install that putting
> it onto a machine with zero guarantees (just the same amount of
> guarantee as they offer with Windows) is trivial. Why wouldn't you?
Yes, Unisys are truly keen on Open Source adoption. They realise they must
evolve and choose novelty rather than cling on to a dying breed (c/f
Novell). Microsoft will probably be the last closed-source company
standing... because it'll continue to screw and suck the blood ouf of any
remaining CSS company (e.g. Adobe, Symantec).
Roy S. Schestowitz | Microsof(fshore)t Window(ntime)s Vista(gnating)
http://Schestowitz.com | RHAT GNU/Linux ¦ PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
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