ZDNet: Fear what? The success of open source?Dec 19, 2000, 20:26 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Young)
"Mary Jo Foley's recent column "Open-source backers: Are you afraid?" gets it all wrong."
"The suggestion that big companies pose a threat to open source misses the big picture, focusing instead on a worn-out generality that positions Microsoft Corp.'s competitors against the open-source movement in a way Bill Gates himself would envy."
"Big companies such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard have a very simple business motivation for backing open-source software: lower total cost of ownership for their hardware platforms."
"Each of these companies makes its living selling hardware. Inexpensive, high-quality software increases their value proposition. And, of course, a Linux/Intel combo undoubtedly represents a very reasonable license structure compared with their NT/Intel offerings. It really is that simple."