Millions Of Opportunities For GNU/Linux To Take Over

Low hanging fruit is often picked first. That could happen“Gartner reckons there are eight million Windows Server 2003 OS instances in operation, and SI Avanade reckons that of those instances, a full 20 per cent – 1.6 million – will blow past the 14 July end-of-support date.” with millions of servers running that other OS. The cost of migrating thousands of server-based applications is a huge cost to organizations large and small. Even if all they have to do is move applications to a new server, it’s a big job and M$’s 2003 version is on its last legs.

Typically, organizations are forced at least to review their applications. They have to check out licensing, duplication of function, unused, not useful and other categories. Almost certainly, they will think which, of all these, can be done on GNU/Linux? Not surprisingly, many server-applications can be run on GNU/Linux either as is or with substitutions. The more upgrading can be done by distros rather than local IT, the greater will be the on-going savings due to those who make the effort to migrate stuff to GNU/Linux rather than that other OS.

I migrated an application once. It had a Java front-end on MySQL. Remember Java, the write once, run everywhere software system? Well, some idiot had embedded “C:\” all over the place. I just moved the data to a GNU/Linux system running MySQL and the job was done. Instant access to data, no need for paying M$ for a server-licence, no need to install that other OS, just a few minutes work and it was good to go. Another application was not supported on GNU/Linux clients but GNU/Linux with FireFox worked immediately. Some guys just don’t know about open standards.

No matter. Millions of servers will not be properly migrated to M$’s next release on time so they might as well migrate to GNU/Linux and take charge of their futures rather than be dependent on M$’s schedule and desire for cash. Why should your organization uproot itself because another organization wants a fresh influx of cash? Do the right thing. Go to Debian GNU/Linux and FLOSS. It will work for you, not M$.

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11 Responses to Millions Of Opportunities For GNU/Linux To Take Over

  1. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser I will admit I did not check the value when i said 3 percent that was from memory the lowest I have seen.

    Deaf Spy claim of 7 to 8 percent is outside the ball park.

    Sorry DrLoser DeafSpy made crap up you have just confirmed. Yes My memory was a little out but my claim of 3 percent was at least figure that Apple has had at some point in history.

  2. DrLoser says:

    Meanwhile, GNU/Linux page-views doubled…

    Interesting, and obviously easily substantiated. Can we take (a) the US market and (b) the EEC — or European equivalent, you can add Trans-Dniestr in if it rocks your boat — and (c) the world-wide market as our basis for this magnificent boast?

    XP EOL was April 8th, 2014, Robert: a mere nine months ago. You probably didn’t notice it yourself, what with having caused an effective XP EOL in Easterville simply by tromping around in your borrowed SysAdmin clown shoes.

  3. DrLoser says:

    Remember this, when you ‘upgrade’ to Windows 10, as for only the meager cost of $9.99/month you too can experience all malware Windows has to offer.

    Well, I think you’d have to dual-boot into a pirated copy of XP to begin that particular journey, young Dougster. You should also probably contemplate installing Windows Server 2003 in a VM, just so that you can cackle over a security flaw that is highly unlikely to affect your desktop. (Still an experience, though!) And always surf the Web via Bing, and make all phone calls via Skype. I’m not aware of malware issues on those, but oiaohm is feverishly googling even as I type.

    And don’t forget to sign up for an Azure account. For full malware fun, I recommend doing so with a user account protected by a password like, ooh, “password123.”

    Or, alternatively.

    You could take advantage of the fact that Windows 10 is essentially free at point of purchase, and run LibreOffice on it.

    You do realise what signing up to Microsoft 365 gets you, don’t you, lil’ Dougster?

    Maybe you don’t.

  4. DrLoser says:

    Deaf Spy Apple Desktop at lowest was 3 percent. It was also their biggest flop time frame.

    Your point being, Fifi?

    In 2003, their documented desktop share in the USA was 2.06%. Worldwide, it was 1.32%. Which incidentally blows your puny and unsubstantiated claim out of the water.

    One year later, both figures were up by ~40%. YearOfTheMacDesktop(TM)! I don’t believe that the Linux desktop has ever once managed this sort of impressive growth across both (rather large) markets.

    I’ve just used Excel (on a Mac) to calculate that, over the last twenty years, the arithmetic mean share for Apple on the desktop was 5.83%. The median was 4.29%. The geometric mean was 4.89%. I can tell you the variance, if you like.

    You’ve just wasted yet another of my valuable twenty minutes, oiaohm, catering to your woeful and futile ignorance.

    There is absolutely no point to your observation whatsoever, is there? It isn’t even correct.

  5. Deaf Spy wrote, “Windows has never had 95%. Mac has always hold 7-8% of the desktop.”

    StatCounter only goes back to 2008 but in July of that year, they recorded 5.18% for MacOS and 0.84% for GNU/Linux. Not that I believe those numbers, because Apple actually publishes unit-shipments, but around 2005, that other OS was over 95%. NetApplications shows 95.55% for the year from Nov 2007 to Oct 2008. I don’t take either of those for Gospel, but they are widely quoted.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Deaf Spy Apple Desktop at lowest was 3 percent. It was also their biggest flop time frame.

  7. Deaf Spy says:

    Meanwhile, GNU/Linux page-views doubled… People seemed to like it.

    I already told you how Lada doubled their sales in Germany from 80 to 160 cars / year. Great victory for Lada in Germany.

    Windows has never had 95%. Mac has always hold 7-8% of the desktop.

  8. Deaf Spy wrote, ” Well, reality proved slightly different. XP still lingering around on old hardware, 8.x is slowly growing, Windows in general has steady 91%. Windows 10 is knocking at the door, and gasp, people seem to like it.”

    Meanwhile, GNU/Linux page-views doubled… People seemed to like it. Meanwhile, Android/Linux page-views exploded… People seem to like it. Pre death of XP, that other OS had a share of ~95%, now it’s much less. All kinds of people have been developing web-applications to become OS-agnostic. Now is the time for them to make their move.

  9. Deaf Spy says:

    Hm, I remember such talks when XP reached EOL. That was considered great opportunity for Linux Desktop, people would jump to Linux in numbers, and all. Well, reality proved slightly different. XP still lingering around on old hardware, 8.x is slowly growing, Windows in general has steady 91%. Windows 10 is knocking at the door, and gasp, people seem to like it.

    I don’t see how it would be different with 2003. I just love to see all these ASP.NET web apps being migrated to PHP. Yes, sir, that would be definitely cheaper than just spending $800 for a new license. 🙂

  10. dougman wrote, “Enjoy your monthly fee with a kill switch OS.”

    That will be a great day, when no one thinks that other OS is “$free” and everyone knows the cost of it. Let’s see, consumers go into a retail establishment and are offered two similar computers, one costing $10 per month and the other $0… Which are they going to choose to browse the web, check e-mail and FB, and share photos of the family? Chuckle.

    I suspect the salesmen will be more subtle, offering something basic for $0 and everything else will cost whatever M$ wants.

  11. dougman says:

    Here is reason number one: ‘Windows 365’

    Remember this, when you ‘upgrade’ to Windows 10, as for only the meager cost of $9.99/month you too can experience all malware Windows has to offer.

    Enjoy your monthly fee with a kill switch OS.

    On the plus side, M$ could offer levels of achievement, here are some examples.

    “Congratulations!….you just earned yourself the 100 reboots in a week achievement! Awesome!”

    “Wooohooo!…You’ve been infected with malware! Time to refresh Windows!”

    “Holy Toledo, you got a gold star for borked upgrade, please apply KB36734 patch and reboot”

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