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Re: Novell's Messman: Only 2 Distros Will Survive

__/ [ rapskat ] on Wednesday 22 March 2006 21:44 \__

> On Wed, 22 Mar 2006 16:56:17 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2152466/novell-predicts-two-unix
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Novell boss Jack Messman is predicting that the open source operating
>> | system market will be reduced to two dominant suppliers in the next
>> | three to five years: Novell and Red Hat.
>> `----
> What's he talking about 3 to 5 years?  There are only two major commercial
> suppliers of Linux/OSS distros now, Novell and Red Hat.

Salesmen's pitch.

> Mandriva is too flaky to be considered, and the rest are too small and/or
> specialized.

Does it mean that they do not deserve a place in the market? Does it mean
that their use should never be encouraged? You know, a Bentley might be a
fine car, but not everyone drives a Bentley. It is not only a matter of
cost. Certain people ride on rough terrains and people's taste differs.
Moreover, choice is what makes us unique and often happier. The ability to
distinguish oneself is more important than imagined. Also see:

http://www.redhat.com/f/rm/choice_small.ram (streaming Real, about 2 mins)

Red Hat talk about choice, but if any of the large vendors was to rob us from
the ability to enjoy diversity, they would be crucified. I thought we had
learned the lesson from Apple and Microsoft. Choice, not capitalisation.

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