SysAdmin Paper from Yankee Group Ignorable

Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 10:08 AM EDT
Lxer; By Tom Adelstein
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The Yankee Group has produced another of its infamous surveys about TCO comparisons between Microsoft and Linux. Excuse the yawn but has Yankee ever used its skills in statistical analysis to win a lottery? If not, then they have no business making comparisons between IBM zSeries Linux installations and Proliant installs and calling that relevant. With so many balls in the basket and only five or six released into the shute, what kind of a study can they really product?

This report states that:

"Corporations that use proprietary software, such as Microsoft Volume Licenses, Apple Macintosh and the various flavors of UNIX (e.g., Sun Microsystems Solaris), have indemnification protection, i.e. protection against loss or liability. Organizations that opt for free Linux and open source software either get limited indemnification- subject to specific terms, conditions and caps on liability- or they get no indemnification at all."

The report's premise begins with an inaccuracy and aims to promulgate FEAR. UNCERTAINTY and DOUBT.

Wikipedia states:

FUD was first defined by Gene Amdahl after he left IBM to found his own company, Amdahl Corp.: "FUD is the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that IBM sales people instill in the minds of potential customers who might be considering Amdahl products."

Eric S. Raymond speaks more about this:

"The idea, of course, was to persuade buyers to go with safe IBM gear rather than with competitors' equipment. This implicit coercion was traditionally accomplished by promising that Good Things would happen to people who stuck with IBM, but Dark Shadows loomed over the future of competitors' equipment or software. After 1991 the term has become generalized to refer to any kind of disinformation used as a competitive weapon."

I covered this topic for O'Reilly in an article called:

Looking for Indemnification While Linux Sales Double

One excerpt from the article states:

Realists consider Linux adoption remarkable. The word on the street and in the foxholes of the IT community has created a swell of adoption from small businesses to the entire Fortune 500. The marketing of Linux by HP, IBM, Sun, Dell, Oracle, and Novell demonstrates the commitment of industry to Linux. With all the agreement in the market, most observers do not give SCO much of a chance of winning its cases.

Now, here's the facts and you can get them or not: GNU/Linux, a free software operating system built originally by volunteers has become a sensation. Laggards continue to use Windows. Linux has become the leading operating system. Why? Because it gives people what they want.

Yankee Go Home!

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