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An odd choice to help government with open source strategy

Jan 22, 2009, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"McNealy's diametrically opposed views—from 2005 and today—come from the extreme ends of the ideological spectrum. In practice, neither argument is wholly accurate. With a properly planned open source rollout, the migration and management costs can be minimized and overall IT spending can be reduced. In some cases, that will mean deploying cost-free community-driven open source software, and in other cases it will necessitate paying commercial vendors that offer useful services or proprietary enhancements on top of open source stacks.

"During McNealy's reign at Sun, the only consistent aspect of his relationship with open source software was his unwavering inability to formulate an effective strategy for using it. He wore a penguin costume to LinuxWorld and proclaimed a love for Linux, then (only months later) told the press and analysts that open source was only for the basement-dwellers."

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