Re: No Price Rise For Linux
I can agree with some of what you are saying but reading this and some of the other comments I would like to know how and why you think
linux admins are free or cheap : wrong ( All staff cost money)
linux admins do not need training : wrong ( we all need training and it all costs money)
linux sytems need to be updated : correct ( Yes Linux systems need to be updated like all other systems in the world and systems updates cost money.).
Linux has no bugs : wrong ( The kernel might be relatively bug free but all software has bugs and bugs cost money to fix)
Linux has not security problems : wrong ( All systems have security problems and most of them come from the inside and yes, they also cost a lot of money.)
Linux desktops offer the same of more than MS for free: Wrong ( The users still need training and MS are an industry standard, Linux has no real standards, there are various flavors of the day but that can change real quick in the Linux world. Ubuntu is popular today, it might be Mint tommorrow. Libre office today, Star office tommorrow, Gnome today, KDE tommorrow- Companies can't afford to keep up to date with the bleeding edge. .
I am not saying that MS is any better than Linux or vice versa, both have their qualities, what I am saying is that both systems cost money. Redhat Enterprise support is not free, and we are beginning to see more and more Linux houses requiring funds, these funds have to be paid for by someone, and it almost always means that the corporates will be doing the paying.
Linux is an alternative system but it is not free......
I have been "playing " with various Linux distros for about 20 years or so now, my first distro was Yggdrasil. I know of the advantages and disadvatanges of linux but even after 20 years it still hasn't produced a decent desktop and thats where the real test lies. There are probably 30 or 40 end users for every server, if you want to make an impact you have got to grab the Desktop market not the server market......
( PS: I don't count Android as Linux because only Google can make any real changes which is a shame because it is the best Linux distro out there..........)
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