[svlug] Business models (was Re: RANT: Ubuntu is Evil)

John Conover conover at rahul.net
Fri Jan 22 15:53:45 PST 2010

Rick Moen writes:
> Quoting Karen Shaeffer (shaeffer at neuralscape.com):
> > I personally believe the GPL license is central to the
> > success of the linux kernel's excellent support from the
> > corporate community. Just ask the obvious question. Go
> > back to the early days. IBM and Intel could have decided
> > to support BSD rather than Linux. But they didn't. Why
> > not?
> Major corporate Linux support didn't come until around 1998-1999, but
> Linux had already stolen a march (as to development advances and
> momentum) on the BSDs during the 1990-1993 period of the Unix System
> Laboratories v.  BSDi and Regents of the University of California
> lawsuit.  The BSDs simply never caught up, though their usage has
> reportedly grown along the same curve as Linux, since the settlement.

Excluding Apple OS X, of course, (which is BSD based-with the Carnegie
Mellon micro kernel extensions-and has about a 10% market share,
against M$'s 89%; gaining most of that 10% in last 5 years at M$'s



John Conover, conover at rahul.net, http://www.johncon.com/

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