Linux Adoption

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-09-09 Print this article Print

But the study notes that in spite of Microsofts economic advantages over J2EE/Linux for the applications studied, many organizations will still adopt Linux, as the interviewees using Linux, in general, saw migration from Unix/RISC to Linux/Intel as their best opportunity to reduce costs while retaining their investments in Unix skills. Microsofts Taylor agreed with that finding, saying that the company is dealing with a Unix migration play and will be releasing the next version of its Services for Unix product in the first half of the next calendar year. That software will provide new functionality and a similar environment for users, he said.
Asked whether Microsoft is seeing renewed interest in migrating away from Unix to Windows rather than to Linux as a result of the legal action by The SCO Group, which maintains that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, to which it owns the rights, Taylor said he has been fielding more questions about indemnification than in the past.
"Customers are way more interested in understanding Microsoft as a partner because of our ability to indemnify them than they have been in the past," he said. Asked why Microsoft had commissioned and paid for the report in full, Taylor said this was part of the companys plan to provide credible, third-party fact-based information, so customers could make sound business decisions. "The research showed that costs remain a big issue for customers: not just acquisition costs but also the total cost of ownership. This study understands and examines cost, benefit, risk and flexibility across medium and large organizations," he said. Discuss this in the eWeek forum.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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