Microsoft’s Terrible Open-Source Strategy: A response February 3, 2008Posted by rjdohnert in 1.
This article is the reason why people shouldn’t eat lead based paints when they are kids. The author of this piece besides clueless, uninformed and obviously very zealous over Linux basically doesn’t get it. Did I say he was clueless? Anyhow, as I do with ignorant uninformed articles lets review this one.
” let open-source people port their applications to Windows and hand them a piece of rope so they can tie themselves to all of Microsoft’s proprietary products and cannot leave. (And if you need Linux, use Microsoft’s virtualization technology to run it on Windows.) As you can see, this is not going to work”
Nope, the strategy is this. They know people will chose Windows, people will choose open source, lets work together to make sure the stuff can work together. Its fairly simple strategy, if you think developers tie themselves to Windows, here is some food for thought. Many open source developers use Visual Studios when porting their apps. Even the KDE team who has ported KDE apps to Windows uses Visual Studios. Are they tying themselves into Windows? Nope, are they tying themselves into Microsoft’s proprietary products? No. Oh and by the way, many Windows admins run Linux in Microsoft’s virtualization technology to test projects and to actively develop for Linux. Nothing new here except for an over caffeinated Linux enthusiasts who wants to sell a tin foil hat theory.
” Perhaps this strategy would work if Microsoft had an absolute monopoly on the OS market, but if that is what they are thinking, I have bad news for them, once they catch up to the 21st century”
This strategy will work because Microsoft DOES realize they don’t have an absolute monopoly on the OS market and they want to appease their customers who want to be able to use Windows with their open source stack. Sorry, its business.
The sooner people like this author realize that this is not an open source world, and that you have to work with proprietary software and hardware developers the better off it will be. Its a good thing that there are some commercial entities that support Linux and understand both worlds, otherwise Open Source and Linux wouldn’t have left the basement. The world wont change overnight.