Why Linux can never win with some penetration numbers....

There is an amazing rant over at Computer World by Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols that has some really intense data.  When having discussions with people about the penetration of any OS it's really hard to get good numbers.  In this article Mr. Vaughan-Nichols takes issue with the IDC numbers focused on sales of computers.  I agree with him that sales, especially when trying to compare Windows to Linux Sales, because the I have only once purchased a server with Linux on it.  Even that time I got Windows as a bonus.  That means that for the numbers reported in sales my purchase still counted as Windows servers.  For most of my clients I recommended purchasing the most cost effective server possible.  That normally meant that they purchased servers with Windows on them and we would then just reformat and install Linux on the machine.  In this article he points to a similar example of Weta, the company that made all of the AWESOME Avatar CGI.  They are reported to have used 35,000 cores on 4,000+ HP blades running Ubuntu.  What is interesting about that is that HP doesn't see any blade servers with Ubuntu installed so each of those machines counted as Windows machines. So the next time you are debating the installed base of Linux with your favorite Windows Geek remind them that your OS is able to be downloaded for FREE. 

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.