Monday, November 10, 2003

Desktop Linux

In a recent article, C Net reports the "news" -- IBM warms to desktop Linux Amazingly the article is actually about how one IBM exec is giving a speech at the Desktop Linux Conference. This is news? What is particularly sad about the article is that IBM seems to be still locked into the mind set of using Linux as a replacement for 3270 terminals. Someone needs to show IBM Mac OS X -- ok its not Linux, but it IS a complete Unix environment with fantastic (better than Microsoft) look and feel. It will take some effort to make Linux as easy to use as the Mac, but it is clearly possible.

If IBM really wanted to create a competitor to Microsoft it would cost less money than they are currently spending to give Java development tools away for free (eclipse). So the real question is -- why don't they want to compete with Microsoft?

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