Winners and Losers in the New Linux World

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-11-16 Print this article Print

Opinion: Microsoft and Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, who are the real winners and losers after all these moves? (Linux-Watch)

Would you have believed at the end of last summer that Microsoft and Novell would partner over Linux, or that Oracle would create its own brand of Linux? Yeah, I wouldnt have believed it either, but here we are. So, what does it all mean? Rather than make a snap judgment I decided to sit, wait and watch before trying to make sense of it all. Now, Im ready to give you my two cents on who are the winners and losers in this post-deal Linux world.
First, here are the winners. Commercial Linux has taken one giant step forward. Microsoft—Microsoft of all companies—is finally admitting that Linux is good for something. Oracle, by jumping into the Linux distribution business, has also given Linux an enormous endorsement.
Its no longer Linux supporters who are saying that Linux should be taken seriously in business—now everyone is saying that Linux is a real enterprise-worthy operating system. The big winner from this shift is Novell. While many open-source true-believers hate Novells guts for making a deal with the devil—excuse me Microsoft—the bottom line is that this deal opens up a lot of doors for Novell. Read the full story on Winners and Losers in the New Linux World Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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