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Enterprise Linux Online: Why Use a Roadmap When You Can Call a Taxi?

Oct 28, 2000, 22:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

"Only a fool would trust his business to software that doesn't have a clear roadmap for the future."

"This statement seems to rear its head from time to time these days. Most of the time, it appears as an objection to the intention of employing open source software like Linux in a corporate setting. The absence of someone in a suit who can describe the long-term direction of an open source project is described by some people as an insurmountable barrier to the adoption of open source solutions. Not surprisingly, the people voicing this opinion are often promoting solutions from commercial vendors which feature a standard product roadmap. The fact that, in retrospect, these commercial roadmaps often suffer from major flaws is immaterial. Rather, it is claimed that the prudent commercial customer must insist upon a traditional roadmap."

"But, is a roadmap really essential for software? Is software with a clear roadmap always superior to software that boasts no such detailed prognostication of the future?"

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