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PlanetIT: The "Lintel" Value Proposition

Nov 18, 1999, 16:50 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lenny Liebmann)

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"Open source is an interesting concept, but it's the business case that counts."

"Bring up the topic of Linux, and most people will start talking about the pros and cons of open source software. Linux zealots will rant with fervor about how software is "supposed" to be written and promulgated. Corporate IT managers who sense something vaguely Marxist about such rantings may, in turn, find themselves disinclined to embrace the upstart OS, because the last thing they want to do is become a combatant -- and therefore a potential casualty -- in any sort of revolution."

"All of this is an unfortunate distraction, because if you talk to IT managers who are actually deploying Linux in their businesses, they won't talk about software liberation or the defeat of Microsoft or the means of production being in the hands of the programmers. They'll talk pure capitalism: more value for less money."

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