Nouvelles Neuves Linux
quotes Merill Lynch as stating:
"When all the smoke around the year 2000 has finally cleared
away, the survey suggests there will be a shift away from
the Windows-based client server environment. Within a 3-year
time scale, the majority of users are expected to have moved
to a network computing platform, with Java applications
taking a more dominant role. The survey also notes that
Linux is becoming an important industry trend. What is
missing is an industry leader pushing open software towards
the mainstream, but Merrill Lynch expects that by mid-year
IBM Corp may slip into this role, offering Linux service and
support. This slide towards open source has been backed up
by Sun Microsystems making Java in part open source.
According to the survey, the outcome of these changes could,
in time, have as drastic an effect on software pricing as
the advent of microprocessor did on hardware pricing."
Seperately, on last Friday's
Wall Street News with Louis Rukeyser
, the small caps investor
said she was not investing in Software Companies because most
companies would want to stay with software they knew rather
than installing new products until 2000.