Get the facts about sagging Linux server sales November 4, 2007Posted by rjdohnert in 1.
Joe Barr over at Linux.com has written an opinion piece on the Linux server sagging sales. He bases his opinions on Peter Galli over at eWeeks article. In his opinion piece Joe bases his “research” on Red Hat and Novell financial revenue reports. The opinion piece is also representative of what happens if you drink too much of the zealot kool-aidIDC and eWeek based their research on system sales.
All Joes opinion piece does is show that you can manipulate numbers to be in your favor if you really wish to do.
Using Red Hat and Novells financial reports is flawed and useless for the context of the original article. What Galli and IDC have reported is a much stronger case. By using Red Hat and Novells reports Linux does look like its on the rise but one thing those reports lack is the fact if these are new licenses or if they also include renewals. Tracking server sales is much more reliable because unlike desktop systems, vendors do offer the choice of what OS to preinstall, whether it is Solaris, Linux or Windows. If a customer buys a system with Windows Server system, they will more then likely use Windows on that server. If they buy a Linux server, they more than likely will use Linux and the same for Solaris. So right now on the official scoreboard Windows is winning on new servers sold.
This however does not mean Linux or even Solaris is lacking. Solaris x86 and Linux are often used on retiring workstations, retiring servers that run a variety of file and print servers, web servers and old PCs that are even being utilized as firewall appliances. What will those users buy when those machines have to be replaced? With the current trend it appears to be Windows.