Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:49 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Erstwhile bitter rivals Dell and Sun Microsystems are set to announce that Sun's Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems will be supported in all of Dell's servers. Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell and Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz plan to make the announcement during a joint appearance at the Oracle OpenWorld 2007 conference today.
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Because it seems that sales of Linux from a server aspect are on the decline, and by a fair amount. IIs is catching Apache at a very fast rate. Windows server based operating systems are starting to get much better uptimes. Server 2003 has been very stable, reliable and secure for Microsoft. For the vast array of IT shops out there in the corporate environment, most of them have switched from Windows 2000 server to Win2k3 server and have been delighted with it. 3 out of the 4 employers that I've worked for in the past 7 years have all been Windows shops, with NO thought of moving to Linux at all - period. They are:

Newell Rubbermaid

The 4th one was Apple Computers. If I take it a bit further back, the previous 2 employers to this were Swiss Air and Centrelink (a government welfare agency in Australia). Both are Windows based. There was some talk about Centrelink migrating to Linux, but that was delivered a pretty hefty death knell.

Telstra, our largest IT&T company in Australia, was going to switch to Linux, although it was ONLY a ploy to get cheaper prices from Microsoft. They never had any REAL intention of switching. Many, many, many companies are doing this - using Linux solely as a bargaining chip to get cheaper prices from Microsoft, and it's working. Microsoft's markups are high enough for them to drop their prices and offer good bargains to their long term customers. I don't see this happening any time soon.

As a server operating system, I personally feel that Linux is far more powerful, and in the hands of a competent Linux trained IT technician, very stable, reilable and secure. Linux trained guys are more common these days, but they're still a drop in the pond when compared to Windows trained guys. Until you see a serious change in the number of people being trained in each platform, I doubt you'll see a serious change in the number of server deployments.

Linux will probably become more common in the embedded market, where it's doing well, and probably in the high end super computer arena. It'll probably hold its own for the next 5-10 years in the server environment, with slight to medium declines if my suspicions and reading of the current market are correct. The desktop side of things will see little inroads, UNLESS 3rd party software is ported to the Linux platform, and not just any particular software, it has to be key applications. And even then, Microsoft's real monopoly is with MS Office, which nearly every single business uses. Excel and Access are really heavily tied to the Windows platform, and that makes it almost impossible to create Office suite equivalents on other platforms like Linux or BSD and have FULL compatibility. This is a killer area that goes against Linux imho - unless OpenOffice can do the custom macros that Excel can do, and do them accurately and well, people will not migrate. I know that this isn't really OpenOffice's fault, but your average user doesn't give 2 hoots about who's at fault - at the end of the day they want a working solution that suits their needs.


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