"We all know about the benefits of open source software in
lowering total cost of ownership, offering more choice and the
increasing quality and functionality of the code. The rise of Linux
as an edge server and now migrating toward the data center is clear
validation that the open source model has taken root.
"But there are still significant barriers to overcome before
Linux and other open source projects are broadly accepted across
enterprises. During a keynote at the Open Source Business
Conference 2004 in San Francisco last week, Ray Lane, former Oracle
executive and a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers, outlined six objections gleaned from interviews with a few
dozen CIOs at Fortune 500 companies. The six objections won't
forestall the march of open source into data centers and desktops,
but they provide a good framework for discussing the roadmap for
open source software..."