Microsoft is hurting just like the rest of us. Its clothes look sharp so you don't notice that those keen elbow patches cover real tears in the fabric. That's why its strategy seems so schizophrenic.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
The fact that military planners now understand the open source ethos is important, and should provide momentum behind the discussions which have just begun over using open source in health care.
Is enterprise open source really dependent on having a few leaders advocating it within the halls of industry leaders? Or is this now no longer a movement but a simple business fact of life.
As the other Linux provider, Novell goes to great lengths to differentiate its offering from rival Red Hat.The company's expansive version 11 platform is no exception, and is said to promise unique advances in virtualization, management, interoperability, high availability and desktop computing.
GPLv3 is about 3 times longer, is full of technical details, is complex (even for a lawyer) and as it is officially valid in English only it may not be the most persuasive license for a German or French administration.
Just as the iron curtain eventually fell when the illusion of the Soviet economic model could no longer be sustained, I believe that Microsoft's anti-FOSS strategy will eventually collapse as well - not from assault from the field, but due to an uprising from within.
Microsoft had a French member of the Eclipse Foundation do a community port to the Macintosh platform. Open source becomes a tool toward achieving universality and ubiquity.
Europe now has its own version of the GPL. It's got copyleft, but it lacks the extra language found in GPLv3 meant to enforce that concept.
With open source a failed project can be picked up by someone else. When a project uses open standards, switching between a failed vendor and a more viable one is relatively painless.
Rather than seek to have Microsoft's patents invalidated, TomTom has chosen a legal strategy of claiming Microsoft is violating TomTom patents.