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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RE: Nice piece of commercial cr*p
by arctic on Fri 26th Oct 2007 07:34 UTC in reply to "Nice piece of commercial cr*p"
arctic
Member since:
2006-04-19

Just did some research on the writer. He works for Ziff Davis Media, a company that is collaborating with Windows a lot, also because they have their very own interest in pushing Windows.

"In the United States, the Company publishes six magazine including PC Magazine, eWEEK, CIO Insight, Baseline, Electronic Gaming Monthly and Games For Windows. "

and, even better:

"To our advertising and marketing customers, we deliver access to the content environment and community necessary to reach their most important audience, and, most importantly, help them drive sales growth for their companies."

(http://www.ziffdavis.com/about/company)

I guess this tells us a lot about the value of the article.

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ssa2204 Member since:
2006-04-22

This article, sad to say is not exactly news. This has been reported in many other channels. You are looking for a conspiracy where none exists.

Anyone half in tune to the market would have told you that as businesses finished migrating to Linux from Unix, sales would slow down. What is so difficult to understand about this. My god, I was reading about this a year ago in an article about Novell.

And in a day when so many are quick to point to blogs and wikipedia, it is quite ridiculous to outright dismiss an article by Eweek simply because it reports something that doesn't mesh with how you want the world to work. I will leave it to someone else to explain exactly how much more wrong it would be if the report falsley claimed that Linux was growing at an outstanding rate when it actually was not.

The solution is not to revert to conspiracies, do you honestly think that companies like Red Hat or Novell are simply going to just chalk this up to some nefarious reasons, or are they simply going to work harder at marketing their product and improving customer relations and communications?

You know the old saying, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen really applies to this.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

My god, I was reading about this a year ago in an article about Novell.

In Novell's world, this has been going on for years, and years, and years. No, it isn't news at all. This is why Novell decided to get into the Linux world, as Netware had continued to decline, in order to bolster their market share and revenue, and given the fact that they just hadn't got the resources to push Netware to where it needed to be.

What have Novell done in the past four years with respect to the competition? Other than not actually compete with their competitors and sign a deal with said competitor that says "Pretty please, don't hurt us!", they have done absolutely nothing.

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Beta Member since:
2005-07-06

When Microsoft is involved, there is always a nefarious reason.
Please name one thing they have done honestly.

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Lettherebemorelight Member since:
2005-07-11

This article, sad to say is not exactly news. This has been reported in many other channels. You are looking for a conspiracy where none exists.

That would be easier to swallow if the ad/article in question wasn't covered in MS ads. I don't think it is so much a conspiracy as it is MS just up to their old tricks of purchasing lip service.

Anyone half in tune to the market would have told you that as businesses finished migrating to Linux from Unix, sales would slow down. What is so difficult to understand about this.

You cant accurately determine the market share by sales of an OS, when you can get that OS for free. What is so difficult to understand about that?

Don't get me wrong...it is possible that Linux adoption could be slowing, but trying to convince IT people to take MS's word for it could very well be an exercise in futility.

Edited 2007-10-26 20:41

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dbodner Member since:
2007-07-01

Just did some research on the writer. He works for Ziff Davis Media, a company that is collaborating with Windows a lot, also because they have their very own interest in pushing Windows.


I don't mean to devalue your super-slueth'ness, but it's not exactly a surprise that he works for ziff davis. From the very article that was posted:

Copyright 1996-2007 Ziff Davis Enterprise Inc. All Rights Reserved. eWEEK and Spencer F. Katt are trademarks of Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc

I mean, thanks for the insight, but we can all read the copyright information on the bottom.

As for the merits of eWeek, back when I used to browse it (which has been a few years), they covered *nix technologies more than they did Windows technologies.

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arctic Member since:
2006-04-19

Heh... well somehow I had not seen the disclaimer. Funny. I must be overworked. ;)

Anyways, the "articles" is more paid advertisement than anything else. One thing is however correct: Migrating to Linux servers can not continue forever as there is only a certain number of machines running. So no surprise here. But interpreting the slowdown of Linux migration as a loss of market share to Windows-Servers is not really a sign of intelligence.

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