The idea of "do no evil" isn't just a good idea. It speaks volumes of the value which must be at the heart of an open source business model -- credibility.
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.
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If Office revenues decline, a lot of fuel goes out of Microsoft's stock price, which makes it easier for both Google and Sun to take Microsoft on elsewhere. Google and Sun benefit hugely if Microsoft's revenues just don't go up as quickly.
If Google pushed OpenOffice, and integrated with OpenOffice, it might hurt Microsoft, which would greatly please Sun.
What is preventing the age of open source communication from happening is, in a word, regulation. Not just regulation that protects the prerogatives of private companies, either. But regulation in its broadest sense.
"Once you make the basic investment it’s easy to extend into more projects. It’s happening now within categories, as we did with iReports. We won’t stop there."
If you can cuddle up to CDDL you can have secure open source, right now.
For a mass market in Linux to develop, such a market needs protection at consumer price points. And they need to see a variety of vendors offering this service.
Fedora users will have the security capabilities while the feds are still evaluating it, and their implementations could easily beat that of the feds to market, assuming code works as advertised.
He gave me a t-shirt, inspired by the movie Napoleon Dynamite. "Vote for JBoss," it reads, then on the back, "and all your wildest dreams will come true."
Patching is far more complex in the Linux world than in Windows, because systems and what they run are far more diverse. But it's worth someone's business plan.