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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Evangelist Advises on Preparing Linux Pitch

Aug 07, 2003, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"If you don't know your stuff, don't go ahead and pitch Linux and open source software (OSS) to your 'closed-source' IT shop and company. 'You'd better know your facts and have experience in the OSS world,' said Matt Asay, chairman of Novell's Linux Business Office & Open Source Review Board. 'Gather data, both quantitative and qualitative.' He's followed his own advice, serving as General Manager at Lineo, an embedded Linux software startup, as well as Novell. He also spent three years studying software licensing and innovation Stanford Law School, where he earned a doctorate...

"What are the ramifications on IT pros/shops of the operating system wars that are occurring now? Also, why are some IT pros so emotional about their 'chosen' operating systems (OSes)?

"Asay: Change is difficult, and adoption of a new OS can be a particularly difficult change for an IT shop to make. Small wonder, then, that IT shops get 'emotional' about their chosen OSes. It's comfortable. It's familiar. It (sometimes) works..."

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