It is December 19 and I have been looking back on
the year and I must say "that was some year, 2007
was". We saw the long awaited bankruptcy of SCOx.
But that was not a surprise, it was just a matter of time.
But there were surprises. Here is what I believe
are the surprises:
1. A large retailer would sell Linux computers
WOW!! It took almost a full year for the "WOW to start
now". The Green PC at Wal-mart sure turned a few heads.
To think that the masses would buy a computer running
Linux in a non techie environment like Wal-mart. Who knew??
This computer was created by Everex, and they can't keep
up with the demand for them, the first bunch of 10,000 sold out
All those years of us Linux folks trying to find a way to get Linux
into the hands of more people. All we had to do was show
Mr. Wal-mart the right profit margins.
2. Industry would shun an Windows "upgrade"
We have seen it happen with Vista. Many consumers
just said no to this upgrade. At first I wanted to call
it a revolt, but that may be too strong a word, they have
shunned Vista and perhaps for the first time ever, massive
questioning of the need for "more functionality".
3. The price of LCD monitors dropped.
Is it worth it to labour on with that 17 inch or less CRT monitor?
When I saw a 19" LCD for under $150.00 it was a no-brainer.
Yes, I am taking advantage of the increased desk space.
4. Linux running on low powered hardware
Is this a reversal of Moore's law? Not really, It is cheap ram
by the Gigabyte that is the culprit here. Linux is now used on
all sorts of appliances from PDA's to cell phones.
Linux leads the industry in its ability to run on computers that
consume less power and less cash to purchase.
Examples of low powered computers include the Wal-mart GPC,
the EEE PC from Asus -- which is just getting off the ground, (along
with a competing product from Everex called the Cloudbook) and
there will be a major retailer for the Koolu as well in 2008.
2007 was quite a year, and 2008 looks like it will be a great year
for Linux as well.
In my opinion the computer hardware industry is being pushed around by the gamers and multimedia markets. I have a TV for watching video content and a radio for music. I do not NEED a multimedia computer at home, (but it is nice if I can) but it is certainly not necessary in the office environment.
Why are there no computers made for the business environment? Thin clients are an alternative. Marcel Gagne has written an excellent chapter about thin clients in his book "Moving to the Linux Business Desktop". There is also an article he wrote about a specific installation of thin clients but I can't find it now.
It would be refreshing to hear that some key players in industry took Intel and AMD plus DELL and Lenovo to task and told them that industry needs a sub $150.00 workstation. They can do it. Just keep producing P3 750 MHZ boxes. The R&D has been paid for on this equipment, just keep cranking them out. I have one of these and it runs Linux and lots of apps just fine (including video)
I can hear the "it is not that much argument" now. My reply to that is "we have not that muched" ourselves into national debts that we have no idea how big they are. So come to think of it, all agencies that are supported by tax dollars need sub $150.00 workstations as well.
To get an idea of how much a company can save by using older less powerful equipment go to: http://news.com.com/2008-1082_3-5065859.html
The businessman in this article found some real advantages in supplying his workforce with the equipment and software that they needed to get their jobs done.
I am not criticizing the purchasing choices made today by anyone in IT. I believe that for the most part they do not have much choice. They are boxed in by the offerings of the computer equipment companies.
I wonder if a few CEO's of some large corporations can make the sub $150.00 workstation happen? Depends, if they get ticked off enough about their IT equipment expenses.