As has been reported elsewhere, our esteemed prez and COO Jonathan
Schwartz was recently quoted as saying that “Linux equals Red Hat”. Like
others, I too read that and thought “something isn’t right here”.
I thought about it for a couple of seconds and realized what he is
saying. The point is that businesses aren’t moving to Linux in their
data centers, they are moving to Red Hat. We can’t compete against
Linux, because Linux is more of a concept than an operating system. In
fact, Sun had its own distro of Linux for a while, and we re-sell SuSe,
so “compete with Linux” really isn’t the right term. Ah, but compete
with Red Hat; now that’s something we can get our heads around. You can
make a business competing with Red Hat.
Of course, there are a bunch of people that have read the original quote
and instead of trying to understand it, take it at face value and then
apply some twisted logic as well. To wit: Red Hat == Linux == Open
source == Freedom. So, if Sun is competing with Red Hat, then Sun must
be anti-Linux and anti-Open Source and therefore anti-freedom. Sun must
be Evil! Boo! Down with Sun.
Its the typical strawman fallacy. Instead of looking for a fight or
something to complain about, how about looking at what we are really
doing? There is certainly enough there to discuss without complaining
about things that don’t exist.