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About the Future of Linux

By maxwell edison ·
A bunch of Linux questions:

What percentage of the PC and/or server installations are currently running Linux? Is there some hard data available, or is it more or less a guesstimate?

In 2 years, what percentage of the PC and/or server installations will be, or I suppose I should say, could be, running Linux? What about 5 years?

It's my understanding that Linux is open source and is free of cost. Is it all open source, and is it all free?

Redhat, Inc. is a provider of Linux. Is there another provider? If so, who might that be?

If the software is free, how does Redhat (and/or others) make money? Redhat is estimated to earn about $117 million this year, and $143 million next year, an increase of 22%. Who pays, and for what?

What other companies are poised to make money because of linux? What do they provide?

I read (about a year ago) that IBM entered into an agreement with Redhat (I think it was Redhat) to use linux on some IBM servers. Can anyone expand on this? Is this an exception, or are (will) more computer makers start offering this? (Maybe they already do.)

Are there any other interesting tidbits about linux that I didn't ask about? I'm not talking about functionality and/or which is better, this or that, but rather how ingrained it is and/or could be in the future of computing? In short, what is the potential future of linux? (As it pertains to companies - providers - making money because of it.)

Why do I ask these things, you might wonder? Well, I don't know much about linux, and I don't have any linux installations, but I like the penguin, so I want to learn more.

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Disregard this discussion - I just saw. . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to About the Future of Linux

...the article (and discussion) on the same subject which addresses many of my questions.

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Which one was that?

by Absolutely In reply to Disregard this discussion ...
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Are you stalking him, in hopes of luring him back?

by deepsand In reply to Which one was that?

BTW, did you notice that he's changed his avatar?

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Oh, no!

by Absolutely In reply to Are you stalking him, in ...

Was that deliberate?

Are you stalking him, in hopes of luring him back?

BTW, did you notice that he's changed his avatar?
- which is a sign that says "Gone fishin'".

It could be just a coincidence, but I have to know for sure.

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really, you have to know for sure?

by Jaqui In reply to Oh, no!

ok.
The email I sent via peermail and his reply:

Hi Jaqui,

Thanks for the email. I miss the good debates now and then as well. But I'm kinda' focusing my efforts in another direction. The time I spent in those off-topic discussions has been redirected to something new. I don't have time for both, so my choice has been made. I'm sure they'll get along fine without me or my discussions. But thanks for the kind words. They really are appreciated.

(But I do miss the opportunity to argue that man-caused global warming IS the biggest scam ever perpetrated on mankind! Those who'll inhabit the Earth in forty or fifty years will look back and laugh at those dupes. Okay, Max, don't get started.......... don't.........)

Best Regards......

One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

From: Jaqui
Subject: hey you
Message:
everyone on TR is still complaining because you left.

not enough good debates any more in the discussions.

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side note

by Jaqui In reply to really, you have to know ...

I saw Max on TR the day I received the reply to the peer contact email.

He didn't post anything, but he was here reading the discussions. :)

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Or, he may have been editing his prior posts.

by deepsand In reply to side note

There'd be no way of ascertaining that without reviewing all of his past post, observing any and all Edit Dates, and comparing those to that during which he was observed to be logged-in.

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Forensic analysis is inconclusive.

by deepsand In reply to really, you have to know ...

On the surface, the style of writing appears to not be that of max.

Furthermore, that he should, on the one hand, purge his Profile, thereby removing the evidence of his publicly acclaimed stance re. GW, but on the other hand, claim in a recent missive to miss discussing such, lacks an air of credibility.

Then, again, perhaps max really is a Sybil.

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by Jaqui In reply to Forensic analysis is inco ...

his other activities are professional in nature and having his name tied into the sensative subjects could hurt the venture(s) he is currently pursuing

I know Max and I usually were on opposite sides of the discussions, but neither of us took it personally. A non inflamatory message wouldn't generate an inflamatory response.

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"A non inflamatory message wouldn't generate an inflamatory response"?

by deepsand In reply to Forensic analysis is inco ...

Only if one considers blind obeisance the measure, as max did indeed frequently go off the deep end at the merest hint of disagreement.

In fact, more often than not, his "rebuttals" were purely ad hominem attacks, directed not at the message but knowingly and deliberately at the messenger alone.

I, frankly, would not count his "professionalism" elsewhere, such as may or may not be the case, when compared to his behavior here, as weighing much in the balance.

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