Why IBM won't Do Desktop Linux
Sep 24, 2009, 18:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Moral: No Corporate Saviors
"So the moral is the same as always-- it is a mistake to wish
for a savior. We have to do it ourselves. Which is the whole point
of FOSS-- it isn't about "Oh please Mr. Sutor, rescue Linux and
make it popular!" IBM will use Linux in a way that benefits IBM.
Just like you and I use it in ways that benefit us. The great power
of distributed development and low barriers to entry is we can find
other people whose interests align with ours, and join forces.
That's how we keep Linux cool, useful, progressive, and not locked
up in corporate ghettoes.
"The big unanswered, and unasked, question: Linux and FOSS are
hot and trendy now. Every PHB wants to do Linux. But what's in it
for all the people who are actually writing the code, only to see
all these big businesses profit from it? Stay tuned, as I am going
to try to find out."