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To tell the truth, small companies in India are not into Linux at all. All the people were planning to try Linux because M$ has started targeting them into buying licensed copies(small businesses run pirated copes). Don't know if this would have any effect on them.
M$ is so tired of these users in India that they have even started targeting schools and such businesses. But, I guess I am taking this thread off-topic.
It'll be interesting to see what the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) new Desktop Linux Working Group formulates in 2004 ........ some of the OSDL's members include:
Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Network Appliance, Nokia, Novell, NTT COMWARE, NTT DATA INTELLILINK, Oregon State University, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SUSE LINUX, TimeSys, Toshiba Solutions, Transmeta Corporation, Trolltech, Turbolinux, Ulticom, Unilever , VA Software and Wind River Systems
And you think the other companies are not into making a buck or two?
Can't be , eh?
Now serious : Ofcourse they want to see money coming from their efforts ; That's what companies are about.
With M$ they KNOW the profit-marge will be slim , whereas with OpenSource the possibillities are yet to be fully explored and have all the looks of beating the aforementioned.
Plus : Happy Customers account for longterm income.
Try to get that with M$-product.
(Why is the move from M$ to O.S. speeding up so much "lately"?)
Of course, I know that companies operate on profits, in dell it is only profits and nothing else. Why, they will be the first to run away if even a small loss is seen in the horizon. But take the case of IBM,HP,Sun etc., Though they are also in it for profits, they have contributed quite a lot to OpenSource and will stand by it even in bad times! That is what I like about them.
Good to see some concrete work being done for linux
Yep..... regards the Enterprise Desktop, its only just starting........ it'll be interesting to see what standards/proposals are formulated over the coming year re. Desktop Environments/models with the new OSDL Desktop Linux Working group - nice to see Trolltech have recently joined.........