Monday, November 17, 2003

Cool Commercial

I saw a commercial the other day that really caught my attention. Have a look at it:


It was particularly cool the first time I saw it because I didn't know what the ad was for. But half way through it, I stopped what I was doing and started really paying attention to it. The thing I like so much about it is that the young boy in the commercial is learning from people throughout history. Just the way we've all learned from teachers, family, and friends; but this kid is learning from the best at every subject. Very quickly.

The premise is that Open Source sharing allows "all to benefit". That's counter to many workplaces where people are out for their own self-gain, and some people even hoard knowledge. Whether Linux will deliver on this promise remains to be seen. It's still a very difficult personal operating system to use, but I see it gaining acceptance with my customers who use it. Linux is replacing Sun Solaris quickly in the scientific computing market, and it's not surprising when you consider that a $5,000 Dell box can outperform a $60,000 Sun box. No wonder Sun stock has dropped from over $60 3 years ago to less than $5 today.

Will IBM benefit from Linux's popularity? They're certainly claiming the OS as their own. That's a great move in my opinion- rather than trying to shove their proprietary systems to no avail.

At any rate, it's a cool commercial and you should give it a look.
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