[TUHS] System Economics (was is Linux "officially branded UNIX")
clemc at ccc.com
Wed Mar 15 04:18:02 AEST 2017
Below... I agree!!!
On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:38 AM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> As someone who dedicated a bunch of his life to Unix, it pains me to say
> it but Linux is better than a lot of the Unix systems from back in the
> day. I loved SunOS but I wouldn't trade today's Linux for SunOS and I
> don't think there are very many people who would disagree.
> It got better than "good enough".
It doesn't pain me at all. It is exactly what Prof. Christiansen says
will happen... the "good enough" (but disruptive) technology is on faster
growth than the "better" (but sustaining) one. At some point that curves
will cross and what was once "good enough" now starts to control the
market. That is what happened here. Linux is the "better" technology
for some value of "better."
The term "disruptive technology" gets tossed around a lot, but very few
people have actually read his book. It really is an wonderful read. He
nails our business. The point is when the tech is birthed >>new group of
people<< don't care that the new technology is not as good - they value it
for some other reason. One reason is that it is always less expensive.
Plus because it is a "lessor" technology, the "market leaders" have been
taught by the Harvard Business School and to ignore the lessor as a distraction
(no margins, they can not compete, they don't do the same things as us...
you have heard it all). But that group of "few people" grows and the
value of the lessor tech to them, out weights, the limitations and they
provide the cash/incentive to make it better and it does get better.
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