Microsoft’s group product manager for competitive strategies. Doug Miller, apparently puts Linux into the same category as pets.com and other flawed tech notions. “There really isn’t much value in free,” he said, predicting that it would be clear by the end of the year that Linux is failing. Miller cites newly discovered security problems and the inability of the new Linux kernel to address business problems satisfactorily.
In related news, IBM Corp. has announced it will spend another $300 million promoting Linux internationally, in addition to the $1 billion it has already earmarked for Linux development this year. The resources will go toward helping clients install Linux-based electronic commerce systems with support for the migration of electronic commerce from other system to Linux. IBM will also fund high-availability Linux server clusters for “strategic business applications.”