In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Gustavo Vasquez
on 24 May 2006 16:09:13 -0700
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Smaller businesses take another look at open source apps
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | A surge in IT spending among small and medium-sized businesses is
>> | raising hopes among freeware advocates that a flurry of new open
>> | source products will spur the corporate use of Linux.
> ,----[ Translation ]
> | A surge in IT spending = buzzword lintards use when they buy a mouse
> | among small and medium-sized businesses = linux is a tiny business
Linux is *no* business. It's a kernel.
Of course, if one wants to talk business, that's easy enough.
Pick a stock--any stock.
MSFT: Market Cap: $240B
Price/Sales: $5.45 (TTM)
Price/Book: $5.54 (TTM)
Gross Profit: $33.59B (TTM)
Profit Margin: 31.59% (TTM)
Operating Margin: 38.69% (TTM)
RHAT: Market Cap: $4.83B
Gross Profit: $0.22982B
Profit Margin: 28.63%
Operating Margin: 20.87%
NOVL: Market Cap: $3.02B
Gross Profit: $0.75458B
Profit Margin: -1.40%
Operating Margin: 3.14%
(source: finance.yahoo.com Key Statistics area)
As one can plainly see Microsoft is much bigger *and*
it's more profitable with lower debt (per $ of equity)
than either RedHat and Novell (SuSE), or for that matter
both combined. Whether that should be a factor in one's
personal or corporate desktop OS/distro decision, I for
one am not sure, but Microsoft is in no danger of dying
anytime soon unless it shoots itself in the head (e.g.,
it does something so egregriously illegal that the DoJ
would force it to shut down all US operations -- and Bill
Gates is nowhere near *that* stupid, though I'm beginning
to wonder how many feet are left).
Note that $33.51B profit is about $91.75M/day, or $1500/day/employee.
> | raising hopes = hopes is all these losers have
> | among freeware advocates = idiots who are to cheap to buy stuff
> | that a flurry of new open source products = more half baked projects
> that suck
> | will spur the corporate use of Linux. = yeah - like IBM where 95% use
Corporations are using Linux already; the above more or
less prove it (where is RedHat getting its sales from?).
But they're also still using Microsoft.
Windows Vista. Because it's time to refresh your hardware. Trust us.