Linux Sees Open Field for Open Source
Tuesday, August 3, 2004; 9:30 AM
Another strike at Microsoft's dominance? The paper noted that "Hewlett-Packard and Dell are expected to unveil new initiatives for Linux on the desktop." HP's vice president for Linux and Oracle's Linux veep are on tap to speak today at the conference, the Merc said.
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Bloomberg had more on HP's Linux inroads, noting HP "is including the Linux operating system in its fastest servers for the first time to court large companies that are trying to cut computing costs. Hewlett-Packard began running Linux, which is gaining as a cheaper alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, on its full line of servers a year earlier than planned, said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux at the Palo Alto-based company," Bloomberg reported.
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Smaller companies are embracing Linux too. "Open source is just a more efficient, effective software business model," John Roberts of new company SugarCRM told CNET's News.com. "It's more than just cheaper software. It's a shift, a movement reshaping the dynamics of a modern software company." More from the article: "Increasingly, entrepreneurs like Roberts, along with investors, are eyeing open source as a better way to build software companies. Rather than incur huge start-up costs and recruit high-priced software sales executives, smaller companies are building their businesses around an open-source business model, where software source code can be viewed and enhanced by others. By tapping into the open-source world, fledgling software outfits can assemble their software products from freely available components. Volunteer programmers not only help develop the product, they also create a pool of potential customers for starting companies. In return, programmers develop new skills and get free software."
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So what's the attraction of using Linux over more popular operating systems? IDC analyst Dan Kusnetsky told Computerworld: "Consumers interested in moving away from the Windows operating system could come to see Linux as a viable alternative if it can support their need for Internet access, e-mail and access to Web-based applications, he said. And it could gain popularity among users hoping for a more secure alternative to Windows, he said. Developers of platform-neutral software such as Java-based applications and Web services might also come to favor Linux over Windows if it allows them to create those applications using appropriate tools and if the price is right, he said."
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Sun Rises on a Novell Idea
Meantime, Linux vendor Novell got some attention from the press and Wall Street yesterday with news that Sun Microsystems Inc. was toying with the idea of buying the company. From the article: "The long-ailing computer maker has looked at 'a number of acquisitions,' including software maker Novell Inc., said Sun President Jonathan Schwartz, as part of efforts to bolster its business in server systems and to angle for advantage against International Business Machines Corp. and Red Hat Inc., which sells the most popular version of the Linux operating system," the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Schwartz wrote about Novell in his blog on Sunday. He "strongly suggested that acquiring the Massachusetts business technology firm could hurt a major Sun rival, IBM," the San Francisco Chronicle reported today. "Analyst Thomas Murphy of the Meta Group said that while buying Novell could pose big integration headaches for Sun, it would demonstrate the server giant's commitment to the Linux market. But Murphy also questioned the rationale for raising the issue in a blog, saying the entry may just be a way to stir things up," the paper said.
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