Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Oct 2007 05:34 UTC, submitted by WillM
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Experts say that migrations from Unix to Linux have slowed down because all the low-hanging fruit has now been picked. Linux growth in the U.S. x86 server market has, over the past six quarters, started to falter and reverse its positive course relative to Windows Server and the market as a whole." More here.
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by ssa2204 on Sun 28th Oct 2007 01:47 UTC
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One aspect of politics that has been extremely annoying seems to be in play here, that is if you do not agree with the news, you shoot the messenger. This article had nothing to do with a "which is better", simply which in terms of sales holds what market share. I can certainly expect this type of reaction if this was an editorial discussing how much they feel Windows or whatever is better than Linux etc.. But this simply was not the case.

Blind allegiance and faith have never been a positive in anything, whether it be religion or politics. It does not take a fool to realize that for many, Linux has become more than what it really is..software. When people use the terms zealot, fanatic, etc. they are completely correct as these responses have shown a community of individuals who do not care to live in reality.

What this article have been better if it lied and said that Linux had grown when in fact it did not.

Lastly I find this extremely annoying that when ever there is an article that people do not like, the rush to immediately assume bias simply because of advertisements. Should Eweek not accept advertisements from Microsoft? If you think that is the case, you are sadly not ever going to understand. Would Microsoft advertise in Womans Home Journal, or would they advertise in an IT trade journal. Within the first few pages of Information Week and Network Computing I have advertisements for AMD. So then I should I discount the articles that discuss how AMD has grown in market share is just pure AMD propoganda? That is what others simply apply to discount something they do not want to hear. When Hillary Clinton does an ad on CNN, should I simply then ignore any news regarding Barack Obama?

It seems that on the one hand this same group wants Linux to grow, on the other hand they are not accepting the reality of the business world. In the years to come there very well will be both positive and negative news regarding Linux. You have to simply accept the negative as well, otherwise the ignorance will certainly lead to failure.

Lastly, I find it quite embarrassing that on the one hand the same crowd that crys "FUD" at everyone, simply wants to be deceived and lied to. How is the OS suppose to improve? If a company like Red Hat or Novell took this approach of simply ignoring anything that does not paint their product in a glowing light, they would be out of business. Do you honestly believe that these companies are simply going to just wish to ignore this news, or are they going to look at how they can expand their market share.

And FYI, this is NOT to say that the article could be incorrect. Yet nobody in all these posts have shown any other credible source that would indicate the opposite. Instead, it seems people simply do not even want to consider this. What is simply amazing is that in the end this was just another minor little article blown way out of proportion.

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