The whole point of this thread is that a lot of decision makers are going to
be coming on line who simply do not hold these truths to be self evident. In
other words old wisdom will fly out the window. They won't have preconceived
notions and they will have a large resivoir of experienced Linux users to
tap. As we speak China Inc. is writing its own version of Linux. MicroSoft
and Linux are on a much more even playing field in China. And China is the
next big growth market.
The simple facts are that if MS wanted to ensure only legitimate copies
of MS exist, it would do it. It is quite easy in fact. The problem is that
if they push for that, a HUUUGE number of people will move to Linux. In a
world of high bandwidth and cheap storage you can download XP and Office in
mean hours or less. All Microsoft is doing is preventing the inevitable,
that is critical mass for Linux. For now large companies pretend to go for
Linux and get huge discounts from Microsoft.
So that is point one.
The question now is: Is Linux upto scratch ? Well the answer in my
opinion is Yes. You see MS is in the same trap SolidWorks is. Put new
features or Fix old bugs. Well new features get you customers.
Once you have them, you lock them in by ensuring your files are proprietary.
Can use SolidWorks files with ProE. Do you wish you could. Well you're not
getting it. So it's just market forces.
Microsoft XP is actually very stable, the blue screen of death is pretty
much in the imagination of the Linux enthusiasts now. (at least on the
desktop) But at the end of the day, Linux can afford to rid it self from
bugs, add features and bug test for nothing when MS has to spend billions
and introduce stupid features like "clippy" hoping to stay alive. Linux can
avoid new features. If you want them, Linux is quite modular, you take the
PS: There is one real factor that MS is gearing up for in my opinion ...
legal challenges to every patent it owns. And it owns tens of thousands. I
am sure the use of the letter "e" in emails is patented by MS or somebody MS
huge discounts >from Microsoft.
But is this true of China?
How does the China market view "proprietary". China Inc. takes a very
dim view of proprietary unless they hold the cards. China is still a
state run government. If the government can't control something it
won't succeed. It is viewed as not good for the people.
I just read an ad in Fortune that IBM paid for. The add was for Linux.
Kind of makes you wonder why Bill forged a bond with Charles.
Historically IBM and Dassault have been joined at the hip. Could it be
that Gates sees a danger in Dassault being conviced by IBM to port
Catia and its PLM solutions to Linux (which after all isn't a big
stretch given Dassault's experience with Unix.) In an oblique way,
Gates in my opinion is showing us that LInux is a real threat, a real
competitor and therefore a real alternative.
No, it may not be. China seems to us in the west so far away. Microsoft
to release it's code under NDAs so that you can audit it. But with millions
of lines of code
and paranoid fear it will be leakes the solution does not work.
They are in a trap. All they have now is a patent fight. I doubt that
but thay have a war chest like no other.
They better get started fast, because a patent fight might hurt Linix
but not as much as they want.
There are already billions invested in Linux world over, and MS will hurt
all those billions of dollars. They have a voice as well.
Well a word document is proprietary, but who cares ...
that is why MS will loose that battle.
But A SolidWorks or a CATIA format still has pulling power with little
reverse engineer. And when it happens, all that is required is create a
new version and encript it.
Word is backward compatible, they have to be. My 2003 word ocument has
to open in Word 2000 at least. I can save my Word 2003 documents in Word6 or
WordPerfect. I cannot save my Solidworks 2005 in SW 2004.
Don't worry gates has even verbalised it that Linux is a threat now.
It is obvious that Linux is keeping them honest. They are soon about to
release an update to Explorer to regane some ground lost with Firfox.
But they will be copying all the latest developments.
You have to look forward with SolidWorks. It may not make sence
now but strategic moves need to be done early. And maybe going
Linux with SolidWorks is a stupid move. I just don't know,
I would like it but that is not business thinking
I feel that OSs will become irelevant soon.
I think you will not know if you are running Linux or XP. It's just like
skinnable MP3 players. Pick a skin and who knows what your running, thay all
I would also switch to Linux if there was decent affordable CAD for
it, such as SW.
I keep Windurrs mainly just because of CAD....that's it. There seems
to be tons of apps (often free) for almost everything else. Linux is
Has anyone tried running SW on Linux using something like VMware? Does
it work? Is it slow?
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