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Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 12:53:40 -0400


"Hyman Rosen" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden

I believe Microsoft is quite nonplussed that their penetration
into server markets has been blunted by free OS alternatives.

That seems to be a frail reed indeed. Microsoft has gone from zero server market share (at the advent of NT) to about 40% in terms of the dollar value of new servers sold annually using Windows server OS and about 50% in numerical units shipped. That is a pretty impressive capture rate and it all occurred in the same timeframe that Linux was evolving. Linux has made gains, to be sure, but almost all at the expense of traditional Unix system sales. Does that "blunt" Microsoft's opportunities and progress or is it just serving to greatly weaken their traditional Unix vendor opponents?


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