Re: Is Ubuntu right for me?
My only point of disagreement with QIII's excellent post is a tiny one...
...perhaps a "short-sighted pragmatism", but not such a "wise" business decision. No business wants to rely on a single customer any more than it wishes to be confined to a single supplier. It gives the opposite party the power of life and death over you. It is in every business's own long-term interest to foster competition and alternatives in both suppliers and customers, even if such alternatives have small market shares. That's how all alternatives start out—small. It's only by supporting and nurturing sparks that you eventually get healthy flames.
Originally Posted by QIII
In the general scheme of things, it doesn't cost OEMs much more to produce a Linux driver once they've committed themselves to writing one for Windows. Most certainly manage to do so for Macs. The real issue here is that monopolies suffocate choice and innovation by bullying or bribing their suppliers into erecting artificial barriers to entry against any perceived threat to their hegemony. This tactic is not constrained to MS. It happens in any monopoly/cartel throughout history, from pre-breakup ATT to Rockefeller's Standard Oil to the Renaissance guilds.
It's not easy breaking the vicious cycle, but we can all do our small part by giving our business to suppliers who have the balls to resist the threats/blandishments of the monopolies/cartels.
Newb: How far must I jump to clear the ledge halfway down?
Guru: It's bad to jump off cliffs. Let's look at better options.
Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just tell me.