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PC Week: Open source is (so far) an open road to nowhere

May 01, 2000, 17:43 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

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"John Patrick, the closest thing IBM has to a cult hero, calls Linux a disruptive technology. Patrick's referring to the phenomenon described by Clayton M. Christensen in the book "The Innovator's Dilemma" as a technology that sneaks up on established vendors because they are too blinded by their own visions to realize that the technology is a threat in the first place."

"Linux is not a disruptive technology. It's an operating system, and OSes aren't a threat to anyone--and if they were, it surely wouldn't be a good thing. Patrick apparently is referring to the open-source movement and the sea change behind Linux that has made it unsettling to more than one or two OS vendors."

"What amazes me the most is that open source has gained so much momentum without showing any goods. It's a dot-com--all hype and speculation and no fundamentals. It's like an onion in a bushel of apples. Someone might notice that it looks and tastes different, but peel away its layers, and there's nothing there."

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