Long-term support and backport risk
Posted Jun 21, 2007 23:01 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: Long-term support and backport risk
Parent article: Long-term support and backport risk
some high-end users are starting to reconsider their use of Linux in some situations
And what would the alternative be? It's not like there is some other magical OS out there
Effectively (in a negative light) what you're saying is: "The users are stuck with Linux. They've been suckered into using something that is costing them money. It would cost them more money to get away from it. So they have no choice but to eat it."
Gee, I don't get that at all from HenrikH's comment. I read, "The users can't do any better than Linux. It may suck, but no worse than any alternative, because the problems are fundamental to operating systems, not special to Linux."
But here's why I think HenrikH is wrong: I think the proprietary alternatives do have stability and new features to a degree Linux doesn't and can't have, and here's why: per-copy licensing. Per-copy licensing gives Sun the money it takes to pay people (testers) to use the code and shake out the bugs. The economics of Linux make that impossible; with freedom of redistribution, how is the company that does that testing going to get paid for it?
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