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Commentary: the Linux Foundation and the future of Linux

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 199.79.10.117] on April 14, 2008 06:03 PM
We have to face facts....business is about cash flow. The conceptual failure here, in FOSS land, is what MS has succeeded at and that is building an ecosystem through the strategic spending of capital in the most advantageous environment.

MS took over the desktop...read: human interface point on the network. Any computer user, regardless of how little they know about computers learned of MS-DOS, then Windows. It ran on practically any hardware and most of the hardware that consumers and SMBs purchased. THEN they branched into servers by telling these same people 'You're using our desktop, right? It's much better to use our servers, too!'. Hence, an ecosystem and vendor lock was created.

The odds of Linux doing this without large volumes of cash to spend on advertising will be zero. People respond, for better or worse, to advertising. Hence, they are also susceptible to FUD. The majority of folks with the purchasing authority in businesses lack the technical acumen to make intelligent decisions regarding technology and fear of change plus unknown expenses makes them stand pat. That is the reason we are even having this conversation.

Developers are smart people. Given the impetus, they could develop cross-platform software all day and into the night if there were a demand. The objective of proprietary vendors is to kill that demand in favor of the industry-given ecosystem. Because of that, I sincerely doubt that consumers can have but so much influence in the present market because of the entrenchment of current business structures.

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