<_< I kinda agree what the MS guy said...however, with the support of three powerful North Asian countries....MS will face a critical challenge one day in the OS platform market...
By then, LINUX will be one of its biggest competitor! :mellow:
Wanna know the reason?
Japan, China, S. Korea to junk Windows for Linux
Posted:10:01 PM (Manila Time) | Sept. 04, 2003
IT WOULD seem Windows has become less attractive to the more affluent Asian countries.
According to a Japanese news report, the governments of Japan, S.Korea, and China are planning to co-develop an open-source operating system to replace the Microsoft operating system for large-scale use in their respective countries.
The initiative was said to bring the said countries together in the development of the software, as their technology bigwigs from private and government agencies were set to meet in late 2003 to discuss specifics of the collaboration.
Linux would thus be positioned at the core of the initiative and would be implemented in critical areas of business and government service networks. Previously, Linux only occupied marginal positions in the data center, particularly in non-critical file, print, and e-mail services.
The open-source software was virtually a non-entity in the mission-critical space in the Asian market, as database and transaction servers were considered largely dominated by Windows and Unix servers. According to a study conducted by the Framingham, Massachusetts-based International Data Corp., only about six percent of servers in the region have installed Linux as against the 50 percent of Windows.
This is due to the generally untested capacity of Linux in the enterprise in terms of reliability, scalability, and security. However, Oracle had claimed "unbreakable" capacity of its Linux software in which it had made mission-critical tasks and operations on the database. This provided the necessary spark for the eventual entry of Linux into more data centers, now highlighted by the reported Japan-Korea-China initiative.
According to the report published in the Japanese news daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the initiative was first discussed in a conference of over a hundred software engineers from the three Asian countries in Thailand last March.
The initiative was strengthened by the fact that Japan, Korea, and China have active developer communities for the Linux platform, particularly in the embedded Linux area, in which the software is integrated in home appliances and industrial equipment.
With the countries? governments pledging to support open-source, citing security and cost issues in available commercial software, it would not be long before Linux would have made a significant push into the Asian enterprise market, thanks to the reported three-nation initiative.
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