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Re: Linux TCO and Google

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [Mark Kent] on Saturday 03 September 2005 17:57 \__
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>> Rick <none@xxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> On Sat, 03 Sep 2005 14:27:53 +0000, billwg wrote:
>>>> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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>>>>> Just another technology that was capable of being implemeted many,
>>>>> many
>>>>> years ago and in fact was available via Terraserver. Too bad
>>>>> Terraserver
>>>>> had neither the money nor the hype to attract hordes of people.
>>>> Terraserver lacked the vision to try, roy.  Technology is just a small
>>>> part of a technology revolution and perhaps not even the important part.
>>> Too bad Terraserver had neither the money nor the hype to attract hordes
>>> of people.
>> Google have sufficient cash to be able to gamble on all kinds of
>> possibilities, including mapping, telephony, email, instant messaging
>> and so on - basically, whatever they think might place them as the
>> net-desktop of choice.
> You use the word "gamble", but little (if not "none") of what they have done
> so far involved an element of gamble. Google have the 'pipes' by which they
> can penetrate the market, not to mention dependability. For example, Google
> Talk checks GMail account/s, Mapping technology uses ads and search
> capabilities, and so forth. It is known as the power and momentum of a
> giant, which verges the call for so-called monopolies.

The gamble I had in mind wasn't clicks, it was revenue from advertising
based on those clicks - so far, that revenue has yet to emerge for
these new areas.  Google's finances are notoriously opaque, so it's 
hard to be sure what's really a gamble and what's not...

> Since Google leave their API open and avoid proprietary at all costs, there
> is still room for competition, although huge investment are required for
> the competition to survive, e.g. computational proxies, formation of pacts,
> and acquisition of various services.

I'm not sure that Google are out to become a monopoly, rather, I think
they're merely interested in becoming phenomenally rich... :-)

>> The growth of ADSL has ensured that the network really *is* the computer,
>> so producing browsers and/or plugins & extensions for such is no longer
>> the key - you can keep your investment on your own machines, rather than
>> having to lock it into binary formats for running on remote machines.
>> Google are probably as big a threat to Microsoft as free software is.
> Very true. Lest we forget that Google embrace Linux. A world dominated by
> Google is a world where Windows cannot prevail for long. It will not endure
> initiatives like Summer of Code and openness. Ballmer agrees:
> http://tinyurl.com/docva

We should also keep in mind that Google is very much a child of the
internet and of free software.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
All people are born alike -- except Republicans and Democrats.
		-- Groucho Marx

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