Quote:> Why Linux XF instead of MS-Windows? Because you can get twice the
> computing power for 1/4 the cost, that's why. I wonder who these financial
> institutions plan on suing after they put in Linux XF? Seems to me that
> they probably figured such a pansy-assed attitude only works for MS
> marketeers (or is that mouseketeers?) How about it Erik, who are these
> people looking to point fingers at by using Linux XF?
> "Now that it has tested a Linux system in-house, Lehman plans to replace
> about half of the lost servers with ones that use this technology." ...
> "While Lehman has not yet signed a contract to install Linux , its testing
> showed that the system runs about twice as fast as its existing server
> system at roughly one-quarter of the cost, Ms. O'Connor said. "So where we
> needed 24, now we need 12 -- that's compelling.""
Are you sure this is such a pro-Linux article? Are you sure they're
replacing Windows systems? It doesn't say they are, and I have to wonder if
they aren't talking about replacing low-end Sun machines with Linux.
Later on, there's this:
"A TowerGroup report on Linux's penetration in the securities industry
showed that in 2000 it had 0% market share -- versus 58% for Windows NT, 38%
for Unix, 3% for Windows 2000, and 1% for Novell. But TowerGroup projects
that by 2004 Linux server usage will grow by 23% in this market, versus 81%
for Windows 2000 and 7% for Unix. It projects that growth will slow for both
Novell and Windows NT."
Unfortunately, you'd need the data for today to make sense of the growth
rates (ie. a Linux growth rate of 23% starting from 0% market share is still
0%, and that's clearly not what they're saying).
And after that, there's this:
"Cost appears to be a major reason why companies are interested. Red Hat
offers its advanced Linux servers for between $1,000 and $1,400 on an annual
basis, Mr. Thompson said. At the high end, Linux systems are about 10%
cheaper than similar Microsoft Windows systems, and 40% to 50% cheaper than
Unix-based ones, he said."
-- Mike --