[CentOS] Headline - Linux misses Windows of opportunity

Ryan ryanag at zoominternet.net
Thu Sep 29 23:24:54 UTC 2005

On Thu, 29 Sep 2005 16:58:42 -0500
Mike McCarty <mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> I'd prefer that Linux flourish and not die just because
> MS is willing to do more of what is necessary to make life easier on
> customers than some other organization which supports Linux is
> willing to do.

Its apples and oranges. MS can afford to do whatever their customers
want since Windows, Office, and all their other software is *theirs*
(or licensed for their use).

Given enough financial incentive (a big enough customer base
requesting feature x) MS can do whatever they want with their code to
sell feature x to more customers.

Red Hat doesn't *own* Linux. While they can aid in development, and
help point it in a certain direction, there are numerous things about
Linux they have no control over and never will.

>certainly RH is operating at a disadvantage with respect to MS.
>But RH was accepting money and being paid to do something about

So long as they provide good service for a certain (high) % of their
customers, they will do fine. A certain % will walk away unsatisfied. I
think Red Hat does great given their challenges.

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