When Reptiles Attack: Has IBM Tired Of FOSS?
Apr 09, 2010, 16:04 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)
"Regardless of the merits of IBM's case against TurboHercules
(well summarised on Ars Technica), the fact the incident has
happened at all is an important signal. I can't for a moment
believe this is the first time since IBM's patent pledge that any
part of the company has wanted to act against a community
participant. We can see the tension between the statement Dan Frye
makes through the Linux Foundation and the statement of another IBM
spokesperson in the WSJ attempting to say the Pledge doesn't apply
to everyone. To hazard a guess, the competition is now
characterised by Google – a huge user of and contributor to
open source software – instead of IBM's old foes, Microsoft
"IBM doesn't seem to need the FOSS community as a stick to beat
its foes any more."