James:

No disagreement here, which is why I wrote "...if that actually worked..." ... 
big IF. However, I shouldn't have used an absolute statement as the followup; I 
should've worded it something like "...there'd be LESS incentive to continue 
OS/400".

If in fact IBM can make a higher profit margin with these new Linux servers, 
the incentive to enhance OS/400 will lessen -- not disappear, but lessen. If 
nothing else, there's consideration for shareholder ROI.

Until we see if these things actually sell, it's guesswork anyway, especially 
if we don't know profit margins.

Tom Liotta

On Sat, 26 January 2002, "James W. Kilgore" wrote:

> Although I understand your concept, it does not hold water in the real world.
>
> Now, this may be a bad comparison, but, although GM sells a lot of Chevrolets
> there is still a customer demand for Cadillacs.
>
> To say that Linux is the "death bell" for all other OS's is like saying that 
>the
> consumer world will universally agree to a single choice.
>
> Like C is the language of the future, and Java solves the problems of C and is
> now the true portable language of the future. And we -all- now either use Java
> or flip burgers.
>
> IMHO, the offering of Linux on an IBM platform makes IBM a "me too" player in
> the Linux world.  That's all, nothing more.  The muscle that IBM has may make
> them the kick butt player in the Linux world, but Linux does not rule the 
>world
> any more than Windows or OS/400 or MVS or *nix does.
>
> thomas@inorbit.com wrote:
> >
> <<snip>>
> >
> > 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.)

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