It's the time of the year for the annual fortune-telling ritual, where soothsayers get their say on the upcoming trends for the year. In my few years as a technology journalist, I've been asked--every now and then--when the Linux desktop will really take off among consumers.
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After a 19-hour flight in economy--why do airlines make their coach seats so darn narrow--I arrived last week in Sun Microsystems' Menlo Park campus in Silicon Valley, for the company's inaugural Asia-Pacific summit.Some 20-odd journalists and analysts from the region got to hear first-hand what Sun's top executives including CEO Jonathan Schwartz and CTO Greg Papadopoulos, had to say about the company's technology roadmap and growth strategy.
He wasn't one who went with the flow, and was widely regarded as an outspoken advocate of the open source movement in Singapore. Cheok Beng Teck, CIO of the country's Ministry of Defense (Mindef), chartered the way that saw the government body embrace--almost unabashedly--an open source strategy that few in the public sector would have been as comfortable adopting.
While attending a Red Hat event sometime last month, a video made by the company truly captivated me, and many others in the room.The video did not try to sell Red Hat.
Country's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology releases new policy that makes it mandatory for all e-government systems to be deployed on open source software.
weekly roundup An analyst was spot on last week when he pointed out that enterprises will mix-and-match open-source and proprietary software in their IT infrastructure.Most enterprises are not zealots of technology, and software is just a means to an end--that is, to run their business well.
Enterprises in the region still harbour concerns about open source and won't move out of proprietary platforms, especially if these systems continue to function.
One of the main draws and selling point of open source technology is its much celebrated developer ecosystem. But,according to an industry expert, this community spirit seems to be lacking in Asia.
Open source concept is becoming "de factor way of innovating", where businesses in Asia should embrace open collaboration and share ideas to gain agility and speed, say Red Hat executives.
With containers built on Linux, Red Hat believes vendors touting products in this space can do so effectively only when they have the ability to fully support a commercial Linux distribution.