IBM: You Can't Control LInux, You Can Only Influence It.
Apr 15, 2010, 14:34 (3 Talkback[s])
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"10 years ago, IBM had a single mission for Linux: Make
it better. Now in 2010, IBM (NYSE:IBM) has a decade of experience
in working to do just that, and is sharing its knowledge about how
companies and developers can better participate in the Linux
"Speaking in a keynote session at the Linux Foundation's
Collaboration Summit, Dan Frye, vice president of open system
development at IBM, provided his insights into some do's and don't
when trying to work with Linux.
"For IBM, one of the hardest lessons it had to learn was one
about control. Mainly, there is none.
""There is nothing that we can do to control individuals or
communities, and if you try, you make thing worse," Frye told the
audience. "What you need is influence. It goes back to the most
important lesson, which is to give back to the community and
develop expertise. You'll find that if your developers are working
with a community, that over time they'll develop influence and that
influence will allow you to get things done.""