Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> Oracle's Offering and Red Hat's Response
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | [SNIP]
> | Making Linux more successful in the enterprise is the right goal. But
> | not if you kill off what makes Linux desirable, namely ethics. It's the
> | value add of FOSS, and if the corporate guys don't figure that out soon,
> | they really will kill the Golden Goose. Let me explain in one sentence
> | why:
> | Cut throat competition destroys software.
> | The Open Source process is built on the the same principles that work
> | in any scientific environment. You share knowledge. You cooperate.
> | Business always wants to balkanize. They very nearly killed Unix
> | doing exactly that. And here they go with Linux, trying the same
> | stupid thing.
Let me explain in two words: Innocence Lost
Fact is that Linux is becoming a business... a pretty big business. And
this means that companies, large companies, are going to start moving
into what was once a nice idealogical movement. Sure, the initial goal
and ideals were to spread knowledge, enable people, cooperate with
others and all sorts of "hippy stuff" (meant in a nice way).
But that's not companies operate. Not yesterday, not today and not
ever. Companies like Novell, IBM, Sun, Oracle and even Redhat aren't
about cooperating with people and spreading peace and love. There are
BILLIONS of dollars on the line and the stakes are high.
I sure hope that anyone out there doesn't think that because IBM
supports Linux they are doing it for the greater good of mankind and
are doing it to share love, knowledge and cooperation with others. They
(IBM) and all other businesses who have entered the Linux space are
doing so because it's part of their business strategy. The strategy
that enables them to increase revenue and profits in the future.
That's just the way it is.