Dvorak's cunning plan to kill Linux

Summary:John Dvorak hosted a roast for the launch of Microsoft Windows 1.0, nearly two decades ago, and has always had a soft spot in his heart for Big Green.

John Dvorak hosted a roast for the launch of Microsoft Windows 1.0, nearly two decades ago, and has always had a soft spot in his heart for Big Green.

This month, he tells Bill Gates "how to kill Linux." Lop off its head, he says. Ship Linux under Windows, separated from its drivers. He calls the result MS-Linux.

Cute. Too bad it solves a problem that doesn't exist. Windows is strongest, and Linux is weakest, on the desktop.

Windows' weakness are on servers, where it doesn't scale; in communications, where it requires too much overhead; and in its license, which makes users dependent on it.

  • Grafting Linux into Windows without its drivers doesn't mean Windows can run, say, Visa's transaction network.
  • Adding Linux to Windows just adds Windows' overhead to phones and communication networks.
  • Closed source means you can't fix your own stuff. You have to wait for Big Green to get around to it.

Nice try, though. Got any other bright ideas? Let us know in TalkBack.

Topics: Windows

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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