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LinuxNews.com: Microsoft "Gets It": Does the Linux Community?

Oct 05, 2000, 18:19 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by G.W. Wettstein)

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"In spite of numerous misgivings, we think that the Open-Source movement has never been better situated to be the leader in Middleware development both within the enterprise and throughout the world. Industry players such as IBM are now looking to our movement to help set standards and define trends and new technology opportunities. It's time that we as a community step forward and begin living up to our billing."

"Tools such as OpenLDAP, Kerberos and OpenSSL provide worthy implementations of the basic technology underpinnings needed to begin formulating effective Middleware solutions. We have the source code for everything and the power to manipulate and mold our service delivery protocols to implement support for Middleware strategies. We can innovate, change direction and call on the minds and experiences of people working in the IT technology trenches who are best positioned to understand the challenges that must be met to deliver the next generation of INTERNET information delivery systems. But we must act, and act quickly."

"In light of all this, you can imagine our surprise and ultimate dismay when we see a major Open-Source player such as Red Hat choose to embrace proprietary directory technology. It's either a matter of not understanding the issue, not appreciating the issue, or having non-technology issues drive the corporate decision making process."

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