Highlights at LinuxWorld
One area where Linux has increasingly bright prospects is in the embedded space.In case you missed itand many of you didhere are some product highlights from LinuxWorld in New York earlier this month. I wont make any more claims about the future of Linux on the desktop, other than to say there are many more users who believe it can supplant Windows than there are vendors. Red Hat and Caldera are not really interested in competing with Microsoft, other than on the server.
The two vendors that believe they have a chance are SuSE and Ximian. SuSE is the lone Linux distribution that actually sells more consumer desktops than servers in the United States, officials said, though one of its recent wins was a mainframe deal at Salomon Smith Barney. Ximian officials arent ready to say youre going to start seeing Linux preinstalled on machines at BestBuy, but for the first time, the company is being asked by potential customers to do feasibility studies to determine the cost benefit of replacing Windows enterprisewide.