On Fri, 25 January 2002, "Nathan M. Andelin" wrote: > That quote from Yahoo sounded rather silly to me. IBM recouped it's cost of > MVS years ago. It's hard to imagine IBM foregoing a big bunch of profit from MVS (or z/OS or whatever) by offering Linux in its place. I suspect that the profit margin is reasonably similar and that the price difference reflects some actual costs, perhaps costs of ongoing maintenance and enhancement. Those costs might drop significantly with Linux allowing lower price per server. Of course, if the Linux server idea really caught on, then cash-flow to support proprietary maintenance/enhancement could shrink and we'd see less enhancement in OS/400 (or z/OS or...). The way out for IBM would be to have higher profit margins on the Linux servers (at least as a percentage of server cost.) Unfortunately, if that actually worked, then there'd be no incentive to continue OS/400 (or whatever.) Tom Liotta -- Tom Liotta The PowerTech Group, Inc. 19426 68th Avenue South Kent, WA 98032 Phone 253-872-7788 Fax 253-872-7904 http://www.400Security.com ___________________________________________________ The ALL NEW CS2000 from CompuServe Better! Faster! More Powerful! 250 FREE hours! Sign-on Now! http://www.compuserve.com/trycsrv/cs2000/webmail/
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