Google is not going head-to-head with Microsoft. Not yet, anyway.
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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.
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How would you get, say, a fairly bright 9th grader to put down their computer game and start climbing around inside it?
You can passively await a fix from your closed source vendor to fix your problem, or click around the open Internet and get yourself a quick fix.
If you put a stopwatch on Windows users, timing their use of various applications, and noting what the Web-based stuff on, they might be surprised to learn how much of their day is spent on Linux already.
The whole industry will be watching closely how Tenable does in 2006. If it gains market share in the enterprise space, any losses among Linux users will be more than offset.
The open source fight in Massachusetts, as partisan as it may have become, was in the end about politics. A Democrat lined up against the Republican because the Republican had lined up that way. It had little to do with the merits.
Because open source is now a fixture in the enterprise, a lot of dreams are going to come true next year.
Enemies are useful. They get your juices going. They give you something to push back against. They help you gain allies. Ask any political blogger.
If Google's stance means anything it means they won't give in to cynicism, that they will at least continue struggling with these questions, and seeking the greater good.
There's a lot more to do in codifying all this, and getting all colleges (as well as major companies) to sign off. But the initial list of sponsors -- IBM, Stanford, Cisco, MIT -- is promising.