The way I see it, Linux doesn't need to worry about competing with
Microsoft for a user base. IMHO, Linux (and UNIX for that matter) will
always have an acceptably large user base. The adavantage that Linux
already has is, its price. Who can resist a fully functional UNIX OS for
absolutely no cost whatsoever (minus hardware of course)?
Its other adavantages are clear to anyone who has used it.
Because WinNT/Win95/Win3.x are geared to meet the expectations of general
users, they cannot have the same flexibility that a UNIX variant has.
There will always be a need for an OS that is COMPLETELY configurable.
Microsoft is not really seemingly interested in this sort of customer...
they are more interested in serving general users' needs, which are the
majority of computer users. Really... if Microsoft is such a threat, then
why are there still TONS of UNIX users out there today? I personally
think that UNIX variants will long outlive the Windows OS's.
The only way that Microsoft could create an OS that is as configurable and
flexible as UNIX is to basically, re-invent UNIX, which would be quite
an unwise investment on their part (XENIX didn't do so hot, I've been
Even if Microsoft was run on EVERY SINGLE DESKTOP COMPUTER OUT THERE, they
still don't have an OS that can run on the higher-ended equipment, such as
Sun SPARCStations, SGI's, HP UX's, etc.
Am I correct here, or am I getting senile in my ripe old age of 26? :)
Just something I was curious to get feedback on.
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