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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on May 14, 2007 09:26 PM
"This just proves you can't survive doing widget frosting or selling books and t-shirts in a GPL world."

Perhaps not - you have to add value in a way that's more competitive than anyone else in the same game. Do people want a special distro for their embedded stuff? Can you offer that service to them in a way that's competitive with (a) those people rolling their own and (b) other companies in the same space? Can you get those people to realise that rolling their own may be a bigger exercise done right than they anticipate?

"You either need to be an IBM or Sun selling hardware or you need to be a Oracle or Novell selling closed source goods."

Nonsense. Both IBM and Sun know that the money is increasingly in services. And there are other companies doing fine providing open source software and services.

"Yeah yeah you'll come back with Redhat - but the honest truth - they are alive because IBM hasn't decided to come out with their own brand of Linux (I guess after the SCO dust settles, IBM will do that)."

Fantasy! IBM could have made their own distro at any time but haven't. Why is that? Perhaps it's because they realise that it's not worth owning the distro space because then they'd look like the IBM of old selling a full stack of solutions which, even if it's somewhat more open (DB2 and WebSphere notwithstanding) than the old stuff, looks exclusionary and makes more enemies than friends.

"Oracle's already eating into their business and so has Ubuntu."

Oh yes, Oracle Linux (iteration n), where Oracle - with an abysmal track record in dealing with security issues in their own core products (exposed during the whole "unbreakable" charade) - start off with Red Hat's sources and claim that they can provide better support than the Red Hat people. Not much credibility there, I'm afraid.


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