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Why IBM won't Do Desktop Linux

Sep 24, 2009, 18:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"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."

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