• Subject: RE: CNN / InfoWorld article on Linux vs. NT (with some AS/400 ref eren ces)
  • From: boldt@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 14:47:51 -0500

Lurton wrote:
>This is one of my problems with an OS like Linux.  It may be the greatest
>thing in the world but my responsibility to the shareholders keeps me from
>making it a main stream solution.  We can play with it but we won't put
>business critical applications totally on it.  I know that some other
>companies have opted to go this route but I also see those same companies
>the front page of ComputerWorld changing to another technology 12-18
>later, usually with a new CIO.

It doesn't mean anything that IBM is now offering support for
Linux?  Not to mention other large companies?  Nor the fact
that more web servers use Linux than any other OS?  Linux IS
already well in the main stream.

Look at the situation from another angle:  Just because some
software is offered by a large main stream company, does that
mean your business can have a critical dependency on it?  Look
at MS and Java.  There are reports that they are quietly
eliminating support for their Java products!  What will happen
to those who currently depend on J++?

If anything, the fact that the Linux kernel and most Linux
software is open source with GPL-style licences means that
users are much less likely to be dependant on the whims of
any one company.

Cheers!  Hans

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