Linked by Adam S on Thu 23rd Dec 2004 13:05 UTC, submitted by Usman Latif
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems is focusing on Opterons and Solaris x86 for a good reason. Sun has figured out a way to make x86 hardware cheaper than anyone else. Sun is hoping that by leveraging its cost advantages the company will be able to ensure the success of its x86 hardware and Solaris.
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Why linux loses
by Anonymous on Fri 24th Dec 2004 13:10 UTC

Linux is failing badly. Other than RH, the distros are not compatible. Too many pieces are broke and inconsistent from one to the other -- and RH, Solaris 10 makes RH way too expensive.

If you actually put a Linux desktop into production use, the failure becomes obvious. Who has the time to continually try and keep up to date on a lot of machines. The concept of update often is a deal killer for business. My desktop distro of choice for clients is SUSE -- yes it has the same problems. I am slowly switching to JDS -- it has less of the problems.

Sun and IBM understand a business needs stability and long term use. Solaris will bring that to open source. Give me drivers that have been stressed and tested -- as opposed to drivers that sort of work some of the time. Hardware is so cheap I can afford to buy Solaris supported X86 hardware that works. Anyone ever bother to check the packet error rate on a $10 enet card running the supplied driver.

Who cares if I can donwload the latest release of who-so-waz-it software and watch it crash. Find that OOS package which installs with the ease of windows XP. Does anyone think that joe-six-pack-computer-user can open and install a tar file?

Linux's success is becoming it's failure. Linux makes the 80s *NIX wars look like child's play. Crash, bang, splat -- big time.