Should you nix Unix?
September 1, 2003
In an interview published on 1 September, 2003, David
Chow, the Chairman of Hong Kong Linux Industry Association expressed
his view as following.
Linux is not only picking up. It is growing fast.
Many companies, especially those with the new IT initiatives, have
He noted Linux is a popular choice for many new IT
initiatives, particularly in the manufacturing industry, a pillar
of the local economy. Manufacturing is also the sector that has
suffered the least from SARS and economic downturn, in comparison
to the service and hospitality industries.
Although most manufacturers have small offices in
Hong Kong, their scale and size is significant in Mainland China.
Chow said among all the Hong Kong-owned manufacturers in China,
only three percent of them have an IT system, the remaining 97 percent
being a huge untapped market.
"Manufacturers are very concerned about the
management cost," he said. When looking at management costs,
users have to evaluate the total cost of ownership (TCO) of any
Chow argued TCO should include the consideration
of downtime. With a higher reliability in Linux, downtime is minimal.
In addition, Chow said Linux users can enjoy free enterprise-class
management tools, whereas Windows users will have to pay extra for
these applications. "That's the reason why Linux is more appealing
The recent litigation from SCO Group Inc, has also
created attention in the market. The company claimed that the Linux
source code violates its intellectual property rights and has offered
its Linux license, at a price of US$699 (HK$5,452) per processor
for server users, as a way of bringing Linux users into compliance.
Most local Linux users are not aware of the situation
or concerned about paying that license fee, said Chow. He explained
the culture of open source is so well established that users are
not worried. He noted that Linux is mainly used among the 2-way
servers or servers that run single applications.
Original Article: http://www.idg.com.hk/cw/readstory.asp?aid=20030901007
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