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Is Linux For Losers?
Forbes.com ^ | 06.16.05 | Dan Lyons

Posted on 06/19/2005 6:41:20 AM PDT by Willie Green

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To: Paladin2

naa AI bots have come farther than that, I would expect more reason from them..


251 posted on 06/30/2005 7:59:51 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (I musta taken a wrong turn at 198.182.159.17)
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To: The Great RJ; Willie Green
Microsoft used the same open license strategy, while rival operating systems like OS2 and Apple stayed proprietary.

You mix Apple with .. umm... oranges. It was not Microsoft but IBM that licensed out it's architecture. Other companies were then able to manufacture "IBM clones" at a cheaper cost. That was bad news for Apple but for IBM as well, because even though IBM's propriatory MicroChannel Architecture was superior to PCI, it cost more at the counter, much like the MacIntosh. Consumers, in all their wisdom, went with the cheaper machines. Software market followed the consumers and their PCs, making it slim pickins for Apple enthusiasts.

Microsoft's role was something else entirely. Initially, IBM had a machine but no operating system to run on it. Microsoft delivered one "cleverly" named DOS. Even better, MS somehow managed to retain the copyrights. That enabled them to sell the same OS to other PC manufacturers. Which they did in a most unprecidented way. MS offered it's OS to manufacturers at bargain prices with the following catch: MS got paid based not on the number of it's OSs that shipped, but on the number of computers that shipped. In other words, a person buying a PC clone could [seemingly] get Windows for a song but would have to pay "extra" for a copy of IBM's OS/2. So, despite OS/2's superior multitasking and scripting abilities, it failed due in large to a stacking of the deck.

Upstarts like Linux have little chance of supplanting Windows despite Windows' flaws, because the switching cost for businesses currently using Windows would be too high for the benefit gained by using some other operating system.

Nevertheless, Linux is finding its way into corporate America and this is a trend that appears to be growing. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few years.

252 posted on 07/02/2005 10:24:19 PM PDT by monkfan (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
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To: mikegi
"The "does this belong here" source comment is fine."

I've seen much worse in source code. The more amusing ones go something like "/* oh God this routine sucks, but it's 3am and I'm tired so screw it */".
253 posted on 07/05/2005 2:33:26 PM PDT by NJ_gent (Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.)
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