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Kier Linux is not very applicable to the general home market. Our concern was for the hypothetical IT customer who switched...
Kier Well, it's not any kind of conspiracy at all, Kier, and not any kind of paid promotion either. We are right, of course, and you are fortunate that our benevolence extends to showing you the errors in your ways. How else can you be brought back to the real world?
I myself am motivated to counter the ignorance that seems to surround the potential of linux in the market place because I am from time to time directly affected. Just recently, my company embarked on a serious effort to extend a major Windows-only product line to linux on the mistaken belief that there was a ready market for the linux platform. already been offered with linux compatibility as well and this product line performs many of the same system functions as the Windows product but is historically derived from a unix design and has been in the linux market for several years.
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And yet, Linux *is* spreading, and growing. Even the latest big study which said (or at least was publicized as saying) that mid-size business weren't eager to adopt Linux noted that 27% of...
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Ray Ingles Well, at least you're a sport, Ray! You might consider that a lot of what you call truth is simply your own opinion. For example, did...
It is hard to fathom the minds of the marketeers who decided to obscure the Windows image of this product line with the linux effort that effectively only competed with ourselves for linux system business, but I think it is partially because of the many misguided advocates who persist in voicing the notion that linux has a future on the desktop and will take substantial business away from Windows in the server market. If it were true, of course, we would lose some potential business if we didn't have our brand available to those who might trade in their Windows servers for linux servers. However, that is unlikely to ever be the truth and chasing such a ghost detracts from the effort to constantly improve the Windows product version. Fortunately for the time being, the idea has been scotched by upper Debt Management and is no longer draining resources internally, but it could happen again.
And so I work to counter this trend by patiently explaining the principles behind product marketing and showing why it is folly to waste time with any advocacy of linux. There are many deaf ears among the cola regulars, but, as you have said here, who knows what lurkers may be saved by reading my words.