Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by wtfmate, Mar 16, 2006.
If anyone cares
Good. MS needs a reality check.
The relationship between IBM/Microsoft has always been an uncomfortable one.
I'm not surprised to see this.
As Open Source Linux keeps moving forward, expect to see more announcements like this. Especially in Europe, where various governments have already switched over. For Europeans, it's not just about saving money, it's about keeping their IT spend from going overseas.
IBM is a consulting company. There's much more consulting money in Linux than Windows. This is a financial move for IBM. Thats the entire reason they like and support Linux: low up front costs, higher back end costs, even though total cost of ownership is often lower... more of your money goes to IBM if you deploy a Linux solution than if you deploy a Windows solution, through them.
Its nice that they can do this because Linux has developed so much, with their help. But this is about their shift from a manufacturing business model to a services business model more than anything else.
You should see the fun we have when developing our Windows software with our customer's Linux POS solutions. All the POS suppliers in Europe roll their own custom Linux builds which makes it real fun since we have to get them to run complete with device emulation through a virtual environment on an already overtaxed box running windows. Since many of them try to compete in the same arena, they aren't too happy to share source with us making our lives even more difficult. It was a sight to see a dozen our most senior developers trying figure out just a keylock and printer. Using a powered serial port with custom pinouts is a sure way to screw with our engineers.
The added effort sure as hell generates plenty of revenue (for our sales team at least).
We're dropping Windows Dev too...primarily at the behest of our customers who love Linux's low upfront costs and relative security. Nothing like seeing a bunch of half assed COM programmers shaking in their chairs over their unfounded fear of Java. Kind of nice to see my company abandoning MS considering the amount of money we drop on their dev products each year and considering we had our own flavor of UNIX for years.