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Follow Up to "Linux's Achilles Heel" 533

donheff writes "Fred Langa has posted an Informationweek online followup to his "Linux's Achilles Heel" column that drew a lot of attention on slashdot recently. He responds to several of the most common criticisms and 'posits that high-priced commercial Linux vendors are on a suicidal course, unless they lower prices to accentuate their advantages over Windows.'"
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Follow Up to "Linux's Achilles Heel"

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  • Will they? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Cyclopedian ( 163375 ) on Tuesday May 18, 2004 @10:03AM (#9182965) Journal
    From the article:
    To me, the answer is obvious: The commercial Linuxes should reduce their prices. That will instantly reduce the expectations of the end-user community and avoid the direct comparison to Windows' level of support. Linux will again be a bargain, and issues like incomplete hardware support and other rough edges will matter much less.

    Commerical linux companies that have a bunch of support and execs willing to lower prices to make linux itself a bargain while lowering their profit margin and revenue?

    I think I'll see a gramatically correct slashdot article before that happens.


  • by Himring ( 646324 ) on Tuesday May 18, 2004 @10:05AM (#9182989) Homepage Journal
    Achilles Heel?

    That Linux is a terrible actor with a great body?

    ...Don't hurt me! I'm not the one making the Troy references!...
  • Err ... (Score:1, Funny)

    by hattig ( 47930 ) on Tuesday May 18, 2004 @10:14AM (#9183097) Journal
    Aren't the high-priced Linux systems meant for those people who don't care what they get, as long as they pay a lot for it? (bosses who won't get free/low priced stuff because they see it as 'cheap') I thought they included a lot of support over competing products as well.
  • by ReyTFox ( 676839 ) on Tuesday May 18, 2004 @01:05PM (#9185237) are you a plant too?
  • by Mad Bad Rabbit ( 539142 ) on Tuesday May 18, 2004 @03:26PM (#9187386)
    isnt this more like David and Goliath?

    [David] "I don't understand it, Goliath. I've prayed and prayed, but God won't make my soundcard work on Linux."

    [Goliath] "Woof! I only know Windows, Da-vey. We should go ask Pastor Bob."


    [Pastor Bob] "... So you see, Davey, God didn't answer your prayer, because it's something He wants you to do for yourself. You need to write your own device-driver for that sound card."

    [David] "Gee, now I understand. Thanks, Pastor Bob!"

    [Goliath] "Woof!"

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