[lug] Why Linux will win and Micro$oft will lose

Hugh Brown hugh at vecna.com
Sun Nov 11 10:24:23 MST 2001

So why is it that the US still doesn't use the metric system.  It's free,
it makes more sense, it's easier to use, etc.

We are a linux shop and unfortunately when we deal with the government we
have to do our documentation in Microsoft Word (it's in the contracts).  We
are working to change that in future contracts, but Microsoft Office
documents still tend to be the lingua franca of the business world.

I hope linux will win, but I don't think it is merely a question of


"jeffrey l koehn"
> Linux will win and Micro$oft will lose. So
> sit back and watch it happen.
> That's right, Linux will be on every desktop
> and server and you can damn me all to hell
> for saying so, but that is how it will be.
> The all American Dollar rules. What becomes
> a standard is determined by economics
> ( the cost of the product).
> There was a time when you could get Windows 3.1,
> for $30.00 and that is when Micro$oft
> became a standard, it was'nt because of
> superior technology.
> The genie (GPL, Linux, Open-Souce) was let out
> of the bottle long time ago and as time passes
> it will consume everything. If you ask me, it
> reached critical mass in 1998. The genie can not
> be put back into the bottle. And so the
> next business/technology model has
> already been determined.
> Why?
> Because:
> 1)Lower Cost ( The Linux Kernel doesn't cost anything)
> 2)Open-source Kernel
> 3)The "GPL, Linux, Open-Source Kernel"
> is the perfect technology foundation
> for Manufacturing and the masses
> because people, businesses, universities,
> governments contribute to it.
> 4) Linux can scale up or down
> 5) Linux is hardware agnostic
> 6) "Linux, Open-Source" can and
>      will morph into future tecnologies
>      that will benefit all.
> If your not using Linux and your
> still using MS windows, you better
> wake up and smell the coffee
> because the world has changed.

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