[Gllug] I do not like this person

Vincent AE Scott gllug at codex.net
Sun Apr 14 18:18:00 UTC 2002

Adrian McMenamin(adrian at mcmen.demon.co.uk)@Sun, Apr 14, 2002 at 06:47:42PM +0100:
> On Sunday 14 Apr 2002 6:13 pm, Vincent AE Scott wrote:
> > Adrian McMenamin(adrian at mcmen.demon.co.uk)@Sun, Apr 14, 2002 at 05:46:39PM 
> +0100:
> > > Until Linux starts making serious money people in the FT are going to
> > > continue tweaking our noses.
> >
> > are you saying that the FT only has respect for products/services that
> > have clearly been shown to make as much money as possible?
> >
> > well i can believe that, after all the hint is in the name.  ahh,
> > ignorance is bliss, we'll take over the world with our (free|open)
> > software and then depose them from the exalted positions they have
> > over us.
> Except that it's not is it - not in terms of real user experience. People at 
> desks are using MS Word on Windows NT.

not 100% true, but i know what you mean.  the market is driven by what
people can see.  if you cant see a web server, then most arent going to
have a clue about what it runs on.

> Server companies selling Linux are struggling to make any money at all. (With 
> the possible exception of IBM).
> Money is needed to pay for innovation and development - and MS has plenty of 
> that.

but then again, time is money.  and MS tend to buy technology, rather
than invent it.  

> And, no, that is not what I am saying about the FT: but until Linux either 
> ends up on the desktop or is seen as serious commercial/profitable option, 
> then those who write about IT will continue to be sceptical.

it's certainly a perception thing.  until the likes of (open|star)office
become prevalent then the desktop will remain the realm of MS and Apple.
i think we are rather lucky tho, linux et al are driven by a large group
of people, who are not about to give it up.  IMHO we are likely to get
more converts from MS than they are from our camp.  and given that 98%
odd of desktops run MS, then we have a large potential user base to
attract.  whereas MS aint going to convince die hard tech's to switch

> I see no sign of Linux winning on the desktop at the moment, so its serious 
> money from servers that will win the war, I think.

possibly, but their's not a lot of visibility for joe public in servers.  

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