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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 16:23:14 -0400


"David Kastrup" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
"amicus_curious" <address@hidden> writes:

"Hyman Rosen" <address@hidden> wrote in message
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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.

So what does that tell you about the superiority of the traditional
proprietary Unix systems?

I think that it forces the Unix vendors to come up with a value proposition that makes sense to their customers. Since the organizational and educational barriers to Linux adoption are low in Unix environments, Unix erodes more readily on a price issue there.


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