Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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RE[3]: One size fits all?
by Celerate on Tue 20th Dec 2005 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: One size fits all?"
Celerate
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2005-06-29

"Yeah... In Linux competition is only crushed by the fact that they have to compete with something that is free."

Well in that case there wouldn't be Microsoft and Apple today would there. There wouldn't be Adobe or Intuit or Corel, the list goes on. There are even several Linux distributions that cost money and they are doing well, take Mandriva and Linspire for example. People don't simply use Linux because it's free, that is part of the appeal but the real reason they use it is because they like it.

"But for some reason, it seems to be ok that Linux drives commercial competetion down the toilet, but it is not ok for Microsoft to do the same thing. Don't you think there is a bit of a double-standard going here?"

Microsoft broke laws, they leveraged their existing OEM customers and user base to commit anti-competitive acts against several companies throughoug their history. Microsoft killed off products that were both better and less expensive than their own rather than compete fairly and have to innovate to keep a dominant market position.

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RE[4]: One size fits all?
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:09 in reply to "RE[3]: One size fits all?"
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2005-10-08

"People don't simply use Linux because it's free, that is part of the appeal but the real reason they use it is because they like it."

Hobbiests don't use it because it is free. Most businesses that use it do use it because it is free. Look at most Linux case studies of large businesses that are using it. What is the most common reason? Not technical surperiority. Not open source. But "Cause it saved money".

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RE[5]: One size fits all?
by Celerate on Wed 21st Dec 2005 01:01 in reply to "RE[4]: One size fits all?"
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2005-06-29

"Most businesses that use it do use it because it is free. Look at most Linux case studies of large businesses that are using it. What is the most common reason? Not technical surperiority. Not open source. But "Cause it saved money"."

Companies get some distributions for free, other's they have to buy boxes sets and they do actually fork over for that, but the real money flow is in commercial support. Companies that can afford it don't stop at just getting Linux, they also pay for support so they have someone to turn to when things go wrong, and someone to call on the carpet when things really go wrong. There is money flow and it is significant.

The businesses that don't pay for support are sometimes still willing to buy a copy of the distribution they want to use. The reason they don't pay for support is because they cannot afford it, in which case were they to use any other OS they wouldn't be paying much if anything for that either.

Saving money is different from getting something entirely for free. Companies can still make a profit from offering something(s) for less than the competitors, and if the competitors don't want to lower their prices then they can just sweaten the deal on their higher prices by offering something more.

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