Microsoft shackled, competitors sit on butts
I see people complaining about Microsoft Windows all the time. But where the heck *are* the competitors? SCO decided to go lawsuit-happy. Novell didn't have anything, so they decided to buy Suse. Redhat has been plugging along.
Where is Sun's Solaris? They're pretty mum about it. They mainly blab about Java, but do they actually make a dime on it? (And Java isn't an OS anyways.) I just installed a bunch of patches in single-user mode. You expect Granny, et alia, to do that? No way.
I just looked up statistics for desktop OSes, based on browser hits (http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=5). Microsoft has about 90.4%, Mac has 6.2%, and Other has 3.4%. One year ago Microsoft was at 90.7%, Mac at 4.7%, and Other at 4.6%.
I don't see a mass exodus from Windows. A 0.3% drop is not exactly significant. Other had a 1.2% drop, and that's a 26% loss from the previous year.
I just looked up market share for server OSes, and Microsoft is getting the edge there, too. Apache is beginning to lose ground to IIS, according to Netcraft. Businesses are making these decisions, based on cold hard cash. Linux/Unix takes smart people to run the machines. These people cost more money than Windows admins. Look at the Microsoft success stories, about how one guy was paying four developers $100/hr, and then he switched to IIS. Or the one about how the Linux 2.4 kernel blows in comparison to Windows, and no major vendor offered the 2.6 kernel. One company I interviewed with wrote their site in Visual Basic because they wanted non-computer people to work on it. Yuck.
At some point, "free" doesn't cut it. The OS has to be usable by the ignorant masses. And believe me, businesses are hiring some ignorant people. The place where I currently work hired a "developer" who can't type, doesn't know anything about the command prompt, very little about Windows OS, and doesn't exhibit any professional qualifications or qualities that are evident to me. But of course this person is an "ideal candidate."
Companies complain about not being able to find good people. Sorry, but as far as I'm concerned, they aren't bothering to look. They sit on their butts with their products and people. No complaining! Get out and *do*!