__/ [ rapskat ] on Thursday 23 March 2006 04:48 \__
> On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:12:15 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> What's he talking about 3 to 5 years? There are only two major
>>> commercial suppliers of Linux/OSS distros now, Novell and Red Hat.
>> Salesmen's pitch.
> What's that mean?
>>> Mandriva is too flaky to be considered, and the rest are too small
>>> and/or specialized.
>> Does it mean that they do not deserve a place in the market?
> Is that what I said?
>> Does it mean that their use should never be encouraged?
> Did I somehow convey that opinion?
>> You know, a Bentley might be a fine car, but not everyone drives a
>> Bentley. It is not only a matter of cost. Certain people ride on rough
>> terrains and people's taste differs. Moreover, choice is what makes us
>> unique and often happier. The ability to distinguish oneself is more
>> important than imagined.
> You are reading more into what I wrote than what was intended. I didn't
> by any means mean to say that the others shouldn't exist or don't have
> their own places.
There was a mutual misunderstanding here. I was not directing my questions at
yourself. They were either directed at Messman who made an unnecessary
statement or were just a hypothetical monologue.
> All I was stating was the plainly obvious fact that in terms of scope and
> size, Novell and Red Hat are the two most prominent commercial linux/oss
> vendors at present.
Yes, I know. There was room for misinterpretation. Sorry about that, mate.
>> Also see:
>> http://www.redhat.com/f/rm/choice_small.ram (streaming Real, about 2
>> Red Hat talk about choice, but if any of the large vendors was to rob us
>> from the ability to enjoy diversity, they would be crucified. I thought
>> we had learned the lesson from Apple and Microsoft. Choice, not
> Agreed, and this is what I've always stated. However the article wasn't
> about "choice", it was about the current leaders for commercial distros.
> I hope that there will always be several commercial and community distros
> to choose from, all meeting the needs of various niches. However, there
> will always be those "super predators" that rise up and attempt to be all
> things to all people. These will be the ones that people notice and
> purchase merely based on name recognition alone, especially businesses.
They have investors. Look at Google after the IPO. I perceive them as
somewhat evil for a whole variety of reason. To name one among very many
(for brevity): political censorship.
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