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Harvard Concludes Linux Will Remain Second Best 460

watzinaneihm writes "A Harvard Study which uses formal economic modelling to determine "Will OSS ever displace traditional software from its market leadership position?" came to a (not so?) surprising result. Linux is likely to remain second best as long as Microsoft has a first mover advantage."
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Harvard Concludes Linux Will Remain Second Best

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  • by MarkusQ ( 450076 ) on Sunday September 10, 2006 @09:53AM (#16075387) Journal

    By the same logic, you could argue that cars will never replace trains, MP3s will never displace CDs, and so forth.

    Bottled water? Not a chance! Creeks and brooks not only come pre-installed in most landscapes but they also have an insurmountable first mover advantage, greater mind share, and a more "intuitive" user interface. Sure, a few special-needs groups will drink out of canteens that they fill themselves, but it will never catch on with the general public.

    And don't even get me started on the whole "forks and spoons" fad.


  • by kbox ( 980541 ) on Sunday September 10, 2006 @10:11AM (#16075450) Homepage
    I'll wait to see what Yale thinks, Thank you very much...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 10, 2006 @10:34AM (#16075533)
    Are you implying Windows is best in something? Now what might that be? Best malware platform?
  • by rolfwind ( 528248 ) on Sunday September 10, 2006 @10:44AM (#16075574)
    Maybe it's the "You get what you pay for" meme instead.

    Afterall, as a Windows user, you pay for and recieve the finest viruses, trojans, and spyware in the world!

    The linux world doesn't get this but Steve Ballmer does, as he screamed out about Developers! Developers! Developers! That's a man that doesn't ignore the people who scratch his back!

    Linux, OTOH, not only ignores virus writers, script-kiddies, and malware developers, but by default they are also turning their back to Anti-Virus, and anti-malware (incidentally often 1 and the same with malware) developers.

    In contrast, Microsoft even has an in-house team supporting script kiddies with programs such as Visual Basic and releasing multiple deployment environments for such programs such as Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Microsoft Office so that everyone can easily enjoy their work.

    I see no such combined effort on the Linux front.

    I'm sorry, but until the time comes when I hear about a major virus outbreak on Linux, I cannot take them so called Operating System seriously.
  • by HangingChad ( 677530 ) on Sunday September 10, 2006 @10:46AM (#16075580) Homepage
    What Harvard really concluded was there was a better chance of getting an endowment and new Comp Sci building from MSFT than the open source community.
  • Re:OSX (Score:1, Funny)

    by sm62704 ( 957197 ) on Sunday September 10, 2006 @03:26PM (#16076992) Journal
    That's a feature, not a bug!
  • by srobert ( 4099 ) on Sunday September 10, 2006 @06:14PM (#16077625)
    Harvard? Is this the university that bestowed an MBA on George W. Bush?
    How can we expect cogent analysis from a diploma mill like that?

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford