Ever watch a football game where one team is clearly more talented,
but manages to allow the other team to win by continually
self-destructing? Maybe they're putting a great scoring drive
together, and then someone fumbles and the other team recovers? Or
the quarterback throws an interception inside the opponents 10 yard
Somedays the Operating System world doesn't seem all that different.
Just when Unix-like systems have revived, and Linux is gaining market
share, you see something like this:
Sun's plans...and how they could go wrong
George Colony, CEO, Forrester Research
Last week in California, I visited two Sun bigwigs: Jonathan Schwartz,
president and chief operating officer, and Scott McNealy, chairman and
[Schwartz] laid out the surprisingly simple and cohesive strategy that
Sun will follow in pursuit of a recovery...
Step No. 1: Make the argument that Linux equals Red Hat...
Step No. 2: Belittle Red Hat...
Just whose side is Sun on, anyway? While the Unix vendors fiddle,
Don't missunderstand me; Solaris is a great platform. But that's not
the point. While Sun is busy slamming Linux, Microsoft is free to
continue grinding out an Operating System that does what the vast
majority of users want, and subsequently runs on 95% on the world's
desktops. It may have its faults, but it has its positives as well.
So much so that there are plenty of Open Source projects to clone
different pieces of Microsoft software.
We've seen this scenario before. Unix vendors bicker: Microsoft picks
up the pieces. Have we forgotten? Are we doomed to relive the Unix
wars again? With Linux gaining market share, and proving itself a
worthy opponent for Microsoft, are we now close to fumbling away any
momentum we might be gaining?
BTW, does anyone find it odd that a vendor would belittle a product that they sell?