> > >> http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/04/13/1236215&mode=thread
> > >> Well, well, well. It seems the almighty Redmond Empire can't get
> > >> its Xbox out on time.
> > >Did you bother reading the article?? There was *nothing* from any
> > >sources (not even unofficial for that matter) that claimed XBOX would be
> > >late.
> > Does it matter? Suppose the Xbox did ship late, or not at all.
> > Would this have any bearing on the future of Windoze?
> > No?
> > So why is Linux "dying" because of what happened to Indrema?
> Ahhhh... now I see the point :)
> I think what you are seeing is the Linux hype dying down in the press and
> reality starting to hit companies. Companies that try to make a profit off
> of Linux are failing or their stock almost completely devalued. Some
> projects that used Linux are also failing (Indrema), etc.
I agree about some of this but disagree about other things. The hype
might be dying down, but Linux is moving into the server market faster
than ever. Moreover, those Linux companies with solid businesses are
weathering the uncertainties of the economy well. It seems to me the
only ones hurting (more than anybody else who's warning this month) are
companies without a business plan, without revenue, with only the money
from their VCs to burn through. It should come as no surprise to anyone
that those companies haven't found continuing sugar parents to keep them
alive. The implication that tough times like these make a statement
about the overall viability of Linux is absurd.
As to Indrema, it hasn't earned a dime in revenue, just spent all the
money raised from mortgaging the farm, and now wants some VC to ignore
Microsoft and Sony. They may have been born in the dark, but it wasn't
> Not to say that *everything* is going bad... some of the embedded stuff is
> very successful.
> > >Here is a quote from the article:
> > >"As with most rumors, there is little hard evidence backing up the theory
> > >that Microsoft will miss it's fall launch, and Microsoft itself has said
> > >that the Xbox is right on schedule if not slightly ahead of production
> > >goals. "
Whether they do or they don't says nothing about Windows. M$ has an
uphill climb if it wants to avoid turning this into another money hole.
The managers at Sony are _not_ stupid. Microsoft's hardware advantage
will buy it about six months, and it has zero leverage from its Windows
business. Experience has shown that M$ doesn't do any better than
anyone else when it can't leverage its monopoly. If they compound that
by launching late, they're screwed. That box has to go on the market
and have a gangbuster holiday season, or they will be underdogs from now
> > >> Guess Windoze must be dying.
> > >Dream on.
> > Yes, I realized as soon as I gave the command to post that I should
> > have included some kind of explicit sarcasm marker.
> Or something that ref`ed the original Indrema article... :)
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