>>I've been tinkering with linux for just past a year now, having tinkered
>>You see, if you want to do small-scale stuff on either *nix, Win, or Mac,
>>you can do just fine. But if you have a taste for the big time, you must
>>be able to do system integration, and for that you have to make both the
>>Win admins (ignorant, frightened, and insecure), and the *nix admins
>>(knowledgeable, but also frightened and insecure) understand that you
This is really the key. You can't be "Pure Windows" or "Pure
Linux/UNIX, you need to be effective on both platforms.
>>My own employer is moving into larger and larger systems, and the ability
>> to jaw with the *nix admins is now coming into practically every sale.
>>Is there a future in Linux?
> Keep playing with Linux for entertainmentm at home. Now, for real $$$work$$$
> and to earn the respect of your peers in the IT industry, you need to be a
> Windows guru, a real pro. Better yet, take it all the way to the top, become
> an MCSE and you'll be trated like GOD by the employers and the big buck will
> follow you where ever you go!
That used to be true. But more and more, IT managers are
looking for people who can be effective in both platforms. IT
Managers have gotten gun-shy about having NT Gurus come in and
claim that NT can do anything, then have the project turn into a
runaway budget because it doesn't scale well, or because there
are DLL conflicts, or because the CALs for the middleware server
are being rated based on the database "connection".
At the same time, Windows isn't going away completely either.
Even when companies decide to adopt Linux for workstations, part
of the solution requires knowledge of Windows and knowing what
options are available for supporting internal applications that
are still on Windows.
> I don't worry anymore, because Linux already
>>has such a large role in the present.
> No it doesn't. Linux users amount for less than 3% of the computer users.
But Linux now makes up about 40% of the world's servers. NT
also has about 40%, but each NT server does less work, and there
is more redundancy needed for NT servers. While UNIX servers
only make up 20% of the total count, they are also big machines
that do lots of work. Recently Linux server count growth has
slowed because so many companies that have lots of smaller Linux
servers have been switching to Linux on 390 servers, if you
counted ZVM images instead of big black boxes, the Linux count
would be much higher.
Quote:> Windows OTOT is what over 90% of the world prefers. So do the math: 3% vs.
> 90% -- Now you know!!!
This is the desktop market. Linux is now Microsoft's biggest
competitor with a market share slightly larger than the Mac, but
as you say, Microsoft controls about 90% of the U.S. market and
about 85% of the global market. Linux is rapidly growing while
Microsoft unit volume sales (Microsoft to OEMs and Corps) are
flat, and actual shipments to customers (OEMs to Customers) have
been dropping significantly.
The irony is that Microsoft's bundling has made it legal for
Linux users to integrate Microsoft technologies into Linux
(since the OEM produced PCs have been licensed, the DLLs and
applications can be used under Linux VMs and WINE.
Microsoft has been very worried about Linux since 1994, and has
resorted to numerous tactics to try and aggressively keep Linux
off of the market. These tactics range from illegal contract
terms, to punishing writers and publications who praise Linux,
to paid trolls and troublemakers, to NDAs which are intended to
prevent Linux from working on the newest PCs. They have even
restricted advertizing and marketing of Linux by OEMs.
The illegal contract terms were ruled as illegal by the Appeals
court in the DOJ antitrust case, and the settlement means
Microsoft cannot appeal the ruling of law. Terms such as
forbidding OEMs to tamper with the boot strategy, or forbidding
the use of Windows as a Linux VM/Bochs client, or forbidding the
use of Open Source (cygwin) on Linux are other examples of
illegal terms which have been nullfied by the appeals court ruling.
Since the remedy only covered damaged itemized during the
antitrust trial (due to Judge Jackson's restriction to 25
witnesses), any company excluded as a result of these contract
terms has to press a separate case. This means companies like
Red Hat, Caldera, Corel, SuSE, and Mandrake could all collect
damages pretty easily.
Microsoft's primary concern is that once OEMs start installing
and testing Linux, and putting Linux on all of their computers,
that Linux would become as easy to use as Windows. If all the
user has to do to run Linux is flip a switch or press a key,
then Linux may have too much to offer. Microsoft could very
quickly lose market share.
This is what Microsoft fears, and with all of the trolling in
COLA, all of the claims that windows is better, Microsoft is
taking absolutely no chances of letting Linux get a really
strong foothold in the OEM channels or the desktop market.
Until I can go to a retail store and fiddle with a running Linux
system on a desktop and/or laptop PC, which I can purchase on
the spot, all claims of Microsoft superiority are just smoke and
mirrors to divert attention from all of Microsoft's efforts to
PREVENT any REAL competition.
Microsoft wants to have a knife fight, but Linux has to be
handcuffed (hands behind back), ankle cuffs, and blindfolded.
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