it_architect wrote:That leaves only two possibilities, neither of which are good.
1. The "Lack of demand" statement is intentionally false.
2. The "Lack of demand" statement is due to incompetence on the part of the person supplying the statement.
3. There is a general lack of demand for Zend.
First, Zend would never make an "intentionally false" statement.
Second, we do not dispute your statements above about the general popularity of FreeBSD in hosting. But in your own comments you state that the survey you use shows reliability
information and even you concede that this exceeds it popularity
. In fact we agree with most of what you say.
Third, none of that means Zend
is seeing demand for products from that community. We offered commercial products for FreeBSD for several years but we saw almost no sales. Since sales of our commercial product must support the development of our free technologies there just wasn't enough income from FreeBSD to support the R&D, QA and other associated costs. Zend has significant demand for it's paid products on Linux, Windows. Even Mac exceeds FreeBSD in terms of demand by a great margin. So while FreeBSD is popular for a number of purposes that use community may not need or values Zend's offerings.
Fourth, your #2 conclusion is personally offensive. I'm sure you are a nice guy and probably would not make such statement face to face but you really have no justification for calling me incompetent.
Director of Product Management