Linux contradictions between Google and EDS

Summary:Sometimes stories come across your desk, within minutes of each other, that are so contradictory you have to laugh.First we have Google, courting open source developers for its Google Code project.

Sometimes stories come across your desk, within minutes of each other, that are so contradictory you have to laugh.

First we have Google, courting open source developers for its Google Code project. It's a repository for good, useful, even cool code, based on open sourced Google code, which the company hopes will result in new tools that drive the multi-billion dollar company's business plan.

Then we have EDS, the technology services giant, pulling together allies like Cisco, Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Fiji Xerox, and Sun for an anti-Linux scare campaign under the banner of the Agility Alliance. 'Large enterprises should not use Linux because it is not secure enough, has scalability problems and could fork into many different flavours,' the story begins.>

Can both these stories be true? Can the world's largest application be running under Linux, while Linux is in fact insecure,non-scalable andtoo-easily forked?

I don't think so. But I could be wrong. Please square thiscircle for me in TalkBack.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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