☞ The Business Of Open Source Is Liberty

  • While this is slick (if predictable) marketing there's a smarter solution than switching away from the software in which you've already invested to something else from Novell (or anyone else) and becoming the slave of proprietary software.

    Since most of the software Sun produced is open source, current users can just stick with it and buy the service they need from a new supplier, such as ForgeRock. That's investment protection and technology continuity both provided by the liberties open source unlocks.

    All Novell are offering here is a chance to be a slave to a new master, and they are offering it to customers who have already broken free – if they choose to be.

  • A good argument here from Glyn. I'd go further and suggest that $1B open source companies might not actually be open source companies…
  • I completely agree, but I and so many others have said it all before and no-one has done anything about it. I hope the author of this article will be joining me to revamp OSI…
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  1. I got my schooling around the time everybody and their grandma was breaking free from the proprietary behemoth that was NotWell and their NetWare/NoWhere (3.x at the time).

    Of course, the only choices were proprietary UNIX and proprietary Windows at the time (Linux only gained momentum a year later) but I can’t see for the life of me why anyone would want to go back to NotWell. Their offering is a contractual lockdown due to contracts they’ve themselves done with Microsoft and others on behalf of their customers to be.

    I think people should at least check out independant distributions or FreeBSD if they are going to leave SUN/Debacle in the first place…

  2. […] words of wisdom come from Simon Phipps (formerly of Sun). Simon says: While this is slick (if predictable) marketing there’s a smarter solution than switching […]

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