"I feel badly for PC Week's John Taschek ("Open source is an
open road to nowhere"). Not understanding one of the biggest shifts
in the industry since the PC in the early '80s is a career-limiting
mistake for a journalist who specializes in covering
"New technology models don't succeed if all they offer is
better, faster or cheaper alternatives to the established market
leaders. They have to offer benefits to the user that the old
technology model could not deliver. The PC was not better, faster
or even cheaper (on a per-user basis) than the mini-computer of the
late '70s. But it did deliver benefits to its users that
"The misunderstanding that John is suffering from is illustrated
by his completely unsubstantiated claim: 'Open source has gained so
much momentum without showing any goods. It's a dot-com -- all hype
and speculation and no fundamentals.'"
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