Latest from Natalie Gagliordi
Linux maturity reflected in site analysis
Blogging at LinuxWorld yesterday, I didn't expect to see the circus on the Expo floor, replete with contract models hired as exhibitors, mascots, swarms of polo and khaki types playing video games, and a mechanical bull. But it's a sure sign that times are changing for Linux.
DiDio drama underscores difficulty tracking open source
"There's an extremist fringe of Linux loonies who hang out on forums and are disrespectful and threatening because you disagree with them" Laura DiDio, an analyst at the Yankee Group has been under attack by critics in the Linux community who say that the researcher's surveys comparing Linux and Microsoft Windows are biased in favor of Redmond. As a rule of thumb, any comparative report from the analyst community that involves open source software should be met withsome degree of uncertainty.
'Dynamic IT' paving the way for open source, says IDC
This afternoon at a breakout session atOSBC, IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky talked about the confluence of trends paving the way for what he called "dynamic IT." In particular, the drive to lower costs and the requirement that IT prove real business value taken together have made quite an impact, he said.
Some (vague) analyst advice for an OS switch
If you are thinking about switching operating system platforms but are not sure about the best course of action don't count on the analyst community for a clear-cut answer. Sure, where they lack in specifics, they make up for with decision approaches and criteria lists that can factor in things you may overlook.
Office 12: Why Microsoft passed on OpenDocument XML format
"We could have used a format from others and shoehorned in functionality, but our design needs to be different because we have 400 million legacy users. Moving 400 million users to XML is a complex problem" -Jean Paoli, Microsoft XML architect (from BetaNews)While it's good news that Microsoft is defaulting to an open XML format in their next iteration of Office, Stephen O'Grady of RedMonk thinks that the company could have done better to also support the Open Document Format, an OASIS standard.