A finesse may cause Romney and his CIO, Peter Quinn, to climb down from their insistence on ODF and keep Microsoft Office revenues flowing.
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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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There is always a cost to site development, and no shortcuts, because development takes talent, not just bodies, and talent costs money.
Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, and his appointed CIO, Peter Quinn, are carrying the ball for open formats. So Microsoft has allied itself with their political opponents.
Name an open source project whose work does not replicate what is available in the proprietary world, which is a real innovation.
Think of something other than software that would benefit from open source ideas, and that could be organized to meet that challenge. Get back to me.
Open source is not a political issue, but it sometimes plays one on TV.
If you've got some technical chops Linux should work fine in a workgroup setting, and the upfront costs can go into your pocket. If you're Clueless about computing, if you want it done for you, then maybe Microsoft will work better for you.
The pack of lawyers the industry once set on users is about to tear into one of its own, and the rest of us can only stand and watch in horrified fascination.
This is how you make money in open source. You become vital. You become a big open source company by becoming vital to big projects.
What we need is for someone, or several someones, with solid development budgets to create an open source patch management project, and a clearinghouse for security alerts.