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Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 2000, Sun Solaris, and Linux Team 1 Presentation John Greves Brooke Hansen Jean-Philippe Frutos Fabio Sciortino Agenda What are the differences and strategies of the products? What is their source of revenue?

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Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 2000, Sun Solaris, and Linux

Team 1 Presentation

John Greves

Brooke Hansen

Jean-Philippe Frutos

Fabio Sciortino


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Agenda

  • What are the differences and strategies of the products?

  • What is their source of revenue?

  • How do these products deal with pricing issues?

  • How do they handle rights management?

  • In what way are the products integrated into the internet?

  • Conclusion


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Product Differences

  • Microsoft Windows 2000

  • Built-in web and application services.

  • Internet-standard security.

  • Readily Scaled: One or two servers with a few clients or hundreds of servers with thousands of clients.

  • 32-bit Environment.

  • User-friendly interface.

  • Top market share—widely used.


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Product Differences

  • Sun Solaris

  • 64-bit Environment…

  • Easily handles heavy network traffic, huge data sets, enormously compute-intensive problems.

  • Enables web servers to handle many more users.

  • Dynamic reconfiguration—more reliable and serviceable.


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Product Differences

  • Linux

  • 32-bit Environment.

  • Uses pre-emptive multitasking.

  • Protected memory.

  • Supports multiple users.

  • Rich support for networking, including TCP/IP networking.

  • Runs on a variety of hardware.

  • Designed for experienced users—gives ability to create one’s own platform.


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Product Strategies

  • Windows 2000: Capture general market—most commonly used operating system.

  • Sun Solaris: Business oriented—reliable environment for network computing.

  • Linux: Provide stable and adaptable operating environment for more technical users.


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Windows/Solaris Performance

SAP Retail Benchmark Tests

Measured in millions of line-items processed per hour


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Source of Revenue

  • Windows 2000: Sales to home, business, and academic users.

  • Sun Solaris: Sales generated mostly from business users.

  • Linux: Distributing companies generate revenue from selling operating system. Distributors


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Product Pricing

  • Windows 2000:

  • Versioning—Microsoft created Windows 2000 on the NT server for businesses, and Windows Millennium for home users. Windows 2000 also ships in Professional and Server Family versions.

  • Group Pricing—Licenses discounted packages for schools, companies, etc.

  • Lock-in: Switching from Windows 2000 is expensive for companies since Microsoft dominates the market.

  • Customer Loyalty: By offering incentives to schools, students become familiar with the OS format.


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Product Pricing

  • Sun Solaris:

  • Versioning—Sun has created three versions of the Solaris system: workgroup, enterprise, or service provider.

  • Group Pricing—Licenses are provided in bulk to lower the price for businesses.


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Product Pricing

  • Linux:

  • Versioning—Linux offers different versions of their operating system for several different processors and bus systems, in order to reach all types of users.

  • Linux operating system is available for free though the Free Software Foundation, but commercial versions are available that offer help features and are easier to install.


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Rights Management

  • Microsoft: Private company--holds patents on software and keeps source code private.

  • Sun Solaris: Private company—same conditions as Microsoft.

  • Linux: Publicly developed and copyrights are held by various creators, but source code available to all. Explanation


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Internet Integration

  • Microsoft: Built-in web capabilities and provides support for internet enabled applications.

  • Sun Solaris: Designed for internet—TCP/IP is core of Solaris networking.

  • Linux: Rich support for TCP/IP networking and runs several internet applications.


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Conclusion

  • Microsoft Windows 2000—User friendly and most popular, but not open to modification.

  • Sun Solaris—Designed for business users and considered more stable than Windows 2000.

  • Linux: Free and adaptable, but designed for technical users—less user friendly.


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