Barney's Blog

Blog archive

IBM's New Desktop Push

Usually, this newsletter is all about Microsoft. Today, though, it's mostly about IBM with a little Yahoo tossed in. So let's get started.

IBM once owned a big chunk of the desktop. There was the original IBM PC, PC-DOS and finally OS/2, which almost became the de facto PC operating system.

Since then, IBM has slowly lost ground. OS/2 is dead, as is any IBM-made PC. It has no real PC OS and, after buying Lotus, both SmartSuite and Notes have lost more market share than Pet Rocks and Pokemon put together.

But IBM just won't give up and is reportedly trying to get hardware makers to build PCs that run Linux, along with Notes, Lotus Symphony (the revived, old office tool), and Sametime messaging.

Gartner has its pretentious probability ratings, so I'll steal that pompous idea and give IBM a one-in-fifty chance of any kind of success.

Would you use Linux PCs in your shop? If so, why? Shoot your thoughts to [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on August 06, 2008 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • Microsoft Says System Center 2022 Will Arrive Early Next Year

    Microsoft is planning to release its new System Center product in the first quarter of 2022, with a private preview arriving within months.

  • Microsoft Talks Up Windows Server 2022's Azure Integrations

    Windows Server became available on Sept. 1; last week, Microsoft gave the product its official unveiling, focusing on all of the other products and services it will work with.

  • 2021 Microsoft Conference Calendar: For Partners, IT Pros and Developers

    Here's your guide to all the IT training sessions, partner meet-ups and annual Microsoft conferences you won't want to miss.