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[News] GNU/Linux Under Attack from SCO 3 (Apple) and SCO 2 (T3, Partly owned by Microsoft Now)

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Under Attack from SCO 3 (Apple) and SCO 2 (T3, Partly owned by Microsoft Now)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:23:03 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Will Apple be the next SCO or the next Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| Appleâs suit against HTC could end one of 
| two ways.
| Either Apple becomes the next SCO, which 
| ran itself aground claiming rights to 
| Linux, or it becomes the next Microsoft, 
| which is prospering while claiming to own 
| Linux.
| The answer depends on how hard Apple 
| presses its case.


IBM accused of mainframe monopoly

,----[ Quote ]
| Rarely do you see IBM under attack in 
| India. But it is now. And IBM believes that 
| itâs actually Microsoft that is behind the 
| attack,
| under the facade of a forum called Open-| 
| Mainframe.
| The issue first arose late last week when 
| two Indian research bodies, the Indian 
| Council for Research on International 
| Economic Relations (ICRIER) and Indicus 
| Analytics, released a report suggesting 
| that IBM had misused its dominance of the 
| Indian market for mainframes (high end 
| computers used when the scale of operation 
| is massive), and that if this misuse 
| continued, it could adversely impact 
| Indiaâs efforts towards inclusive growth. 


IBM, Microsoft point fingers at each other

,----[ Quote ]
| IBM, the worldâs largest IT services 
| company, has accused Microsoft, the worldâs 
| largest operating system manufacturer, of 
| sponsoring an India report released last 
| week that criticises IBM Indiaâs trade 
| practices in the $500-million local server 
| market, terming them as restrictive. The 
| report calls for unbundling of hardware and 
| software by IBM. 



Much ado about IBM's mainframe monopoly

,----[ Quote ]
| That left T3 Technologies, a company that had
| a reseller agreement with Platform, with no
| product to sell and before IBM ate Platform,
| it fired up its own lawyers, making complaints
| to the authorities here in the States and in
| the European Union. It goes without saying
| that Microsoft, that paragon of fair play in
| the marketplace, was a big investor in both
| Platform and T3 (and don't forget SCO, which
| is still limping along with its Linux-Unix
| lawsuit against Big Blue).


âAn SMB needs to be at a certain level of business computing before it requires a mainframeâ

,----[ Quote ]
| What about Linux? Thatâs available on
| System z.
| System z runs Linux extremely efficiently
| and there are hundreds of applications
| available for Linux on the mainframe,
| which are certified. You could take any
| Linux application and make it run
| immediately but unfortunately you donât
| have many vendors supporting it.
| Secondly, while the customer adoption of
| Linux in India is high it is not for the
| mission-critical workloads (barring the
| government vertical). This is another
| reason why we are not able to make big
| inroads. Because when you are running
| only print servers and Web servers it
| doesnât make any sense to run it on a
| mainframe. Itâll be like buying a Rolls
| Royce and running it like a taxi.


Mainframe not yet a has-been: IBM

,----[ Quote ]
| System z with zOS does have an issue with
| graying of the skills, but z is possibly
| the most open platform today â it runs
| zOS, zVM, Linux, zTPF, DOS/VSE operating
| systems natively. No other platform can
| do this. The fact that it runs Linux
| natively allows for any Linux skill to
| exploit System z. Hence the statement of
| skills obsolescence is only in a portion
| of the total dynamic.


London Stock Exchange gets the facts and dumps Windows for Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoftâs marketing arm excitedly
| churned out a case study in 2005 when the
| London Stock Exchange (LSE) rolled out a
| C# stock exchange ticker system on
| Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2000.
| Four years later the LSE has scrapped the
| whole system in favour of a Linux-based
| solution instead.


Mainframes still command a loyal following

,----[ Quote ]
| But there are changes happening. BMC's survey found
| increasing use of Linux, for example.
| "IBM is pushing z/Linux and we're finally seeing a big
| upswing in interest. Some customers are even using their
| entire mainframe as one giant Linux box," said Miller.


Mainframe emulator goes commercial

,----[ Quote ]
| While CentOS and Debian Linuxes have supported the z
| implementation of the Linux kernel, the mainframe
| variants of Linux from Red Hat and Novell are what
| nearly all mainframe shops use, and this code is
| available for free even if the installation and
| technical support for it is not.


Mainframe shops gush over big iron

,----[ Quote ]
| What can be said is that by corralling some mainframe
| engines, slashing their prices, and letting them run Linux
| instances or speed up Java or DB2 workloads, IBM has been
| able to keep the installed base of mainframe processing
| power, as measured in MIPS, growing - even as it has its
| ups and downs each quarter. And the downs have been
| especially sharp since the economic meltdown kicked in a
| year ago.

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