"...But I am impressed by the enthusiastic support by
the likes of HP, IBM and Sun to keep things moving. I was
especially intrigued to find that HP is intensely interested in
helping LSB give Linux the credibility it needs to become the de
facto standard server operating system for 64-bit Intel platforms.
I learned this before the HP/Compaq merger, so it will be
interesting to see if this goal was conceived in anticipation of
the merger, or if the merger changes it.
Unfortunately, too few people in the room understood that they
need to start thinking more like Microsoft. LSB needs to generate
confidence by announcing a long-term road map with specifics about
things like directory services and desktop standards that ISVs can
start planning to support.
Granted, Microsoft can get IT departments to revise their
budgets without producing anything more substantial than a press
release. LSB doesn't have that kind of clout. But these Linux
supporters gave me the impression they were afraid to create a
detailed road map, let alone announce one. Suck it up, guys. You
can always adjust the specifics as needed. But don't expect anyone
to support your plans if you don't make any."