August 1999, a conversation: (4.00 / 9) (#15)
by ennui on Tue Oct 30, 2001 at 04:27:22 PM EST
"How you doing, Charlie?"
"Same shit, different day. How's about you?"
"I got another IPO I like."
"Another? Give me a light. Which one?"
"It's called VA Linux."
"Oh, Lie-nucks. Like that Red Hat thing you screw around with when you're supposed to be working."
"No, Linux. That's how the guy pronounces it."
"Whatever. That guy's selling stock?"
"No, another company."
"They're selling this operating system, then?"
"Linux isn't really an operating system. It's just part of an operating system. Red Hat is more like an operating system."
"Oh yeah, you were right about them. I don't know how you can make money selling software you can just download from anywhere, but what the hell, I made money, so what do I care?"
"You got out, right?"
"Same day, kiddo."
"Good. Anyway, these guys sell computers with Linux on them."
"What, like PC's?"
"No, like servers. Rackmount machines, you'd use them for webservers and stuff."
"What, are they cheaper than IBM or Compaq?"
"No, not really. Just not NT boxes."
"So do they put that Red Hat software on there, or do they have something else?"
"I guess they'd put Red Hat on there. They're not making their own distribution."
"So like here, they have the racks of machines, those Exchange servers. Can I buy one of these Linux systems and run all my desktops with Exchange on them off it?"
"No, most of the Exchange features wouldn't work. You'd buy them for webservers, things like that."
"So they sell servers that aren't cheaper than any other company's, and they don't come with Windows NT, which seems to be what the whole damn WORLD is using for email and stuff."
"Something like that."
"So why can't you or I just go out, buy a rack and some of these servers and put Red Hat on them ourselves? What's different about what they do?"
"I don't know."
"Okay. So they're selling these servers at higher prices than their competition, they're charging you money to put free software on these servers, and it doesn't work out of the box with all Microsoft's stuff?"
"Wow. People are totally, totally insane. So how much do you thing I should put in?"
"You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone." -- Al Capone