Windows: The Path of Least Resistance

"The path of least resistance is suddenly an attractive option." That's part of the very last sentence of this article at SearchWin2000.com billed as a "Special report: Can Windows and Linux peacefully co-exist?"

The article's message? Just stay with Windows on your desktop. It's too hard to explore alternatives. And besides, Linux on the desktop simply doesn't have the market share to be taken seriously. Yet.

I like this bit here from the lead paragraph:

Despite some high-profile customer wins with corporations and foreign governments, Linux still has a long way to go before it rivals Windows on the enterprise desktop.

The number of companies considering Linux remains relatively small.

Sounds pretty defensive and dismissive to me. I wonder if the minicomputer guys said similar things about the PC. Naaa ... probably not.

By the way, this is yet another article that misses the opportunity to talk about Sun's Java Desktop System (JDS), which runs quite well on Linux. And JDS now runs on the Solaris platform, too. In fact, Microsoft will have to deal with two Unix desktop platforms that are built from open source communities: Linux and -- very shortly -- OpenSolaris. And MacOS, too. So, I guess that makes three. No wonder they are defensive.

I bet Jonathan Schwartz would disagree with this article. Just a hunch. This is what he said yesterday to Builder AU:

"We are the largest deployer of Linux in the world on desktops. "We have done more to advance the cause of open source and Linux than any other company times five".

Ok, I don't know about the "times five" part. I was never very good in math. I get the point, though.
Comments:

Have you noticed the sentence:
"There is some lack of standardization across Linux deployments, though. It has two possible graphical user interfaces from which to choose -- KDE and GNOME. But IT organizations can standardize on one of them when they undergo deployments, Brunelle said."
I think this sentence defines the article. For someone that sees choice has a bad thing I ask them if they also aprove that the guy that will paint your house should be the one choosing the color, leaving you with no choice but to pay.

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on October 14, 2004 at 12:16 PM JST #

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