Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Nov 2005 17:02 UTC, submitted by Mehta Bhai
Linux "The Linux community was left stunned when Windows Server software outsold Linux in the server market. Gartner, Inc. recently reported that sales of Windows systems accounted for nearly 37 percent of all server revenue in the last quarter while Linux accounted for 31.7 percent. Windows has a 5+ percent lead over Linux, which should be the cause for celebration at Microsoft. Is this the downfall or, as they say, the beginning of the end of Linux? Most definitely not. Before the folks at Redmond rejoice too much, there are some things they need to consider."
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Dell sell PowerEdges without any OS...
by rklrkl on Sat 26th Nov 2005 19:10 UTC
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If you go to Dell's PowerEdge server range and customise the box, you'll find that you can buy it with Windows, RHEL 3 or 4, Netware or with *no OS*. In every case where we needed a Linux Dell server, we've bought it with no OS and then installed a free distro (CentOS or Fedora depending on the mission criticality). How does Gartner's survey cope with this scenario? Answer - it doesn't...

If you have competent Linux technical admins (and one would hope that any company with a lot of employees and/or servers to maintain would have at least one), you *don't* need Linux OS support and hence a good free distro is fine.

Remember that Red Hat run a Bugzilla site at where you can search for and report bugs without requiring any sort of OS support contract whatsoever. With this available, you've got to question the high prices of RHEL contracts really...

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