Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Interesting discussion between Malik and Schwartz blogs

Om Malik on Broadband: But Seriously, IBM, not Sun, has a problem

answers to Jonathan Schwartz's IBM in a pickle:

In a classic case of pot calling the kettle black, Sun's software guru Jonathan Schwartz thinks that IBM has some serious problems because of Red Hat.

"But the bad news for IBM is that the vast majority of enterprise datacenter deployments are now occurring on Red Hat's linux. 100 to 1, depending up on where you look. And with Red Hat increasing price, while adding in an application server that competes with WebSphere, IBM's finding itself in the uncomfortable position of having lost control of the social movement they were hoping to monetize. IBM is in a real pickle. Red Hat's dominance leaves IBM almost entirely dependent upon SuSe/Novell. Whoever owns Novell controls the OS on which IBM's future depends. Now that's an interesting thought, isn't it?"

Jonathan, those who live in glass houses, well you know the rest. And in case you did not know, IBM has made some substantial investments in Novell and also owns a tiny piece of Red Hat. Little advice: blogging good, bashing rivals not good. And also stop drinking from the same fountain as Scott. Apparently Wall Street Journal bought into Jonny's FUD.

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