Jim Rapoza at eWeek has hit the nail on the head commenting about the Microsofts War on Open Source. This is one of those articles that is like Al Gores new book, The Assualt on Reason – they take your breath away with their concise lucidity. And of course there are echoes between what Microsoft is doing and and whats going on in Washington. Dont miss Jims fine work here.
Now clearly SaaS, GUI Integration and Web 2.0 are moving away from MS technology (and Redmond is begging to get back in with SilverLight, Atlas, and IE8 another year late). But Open Source is moving not just against Microsoft FUD but also IT and broader executive inertia. In an equally concise analysis, Steven Vaughan-Nichols gets at this problem of what is holding Linux and Open Source back. Its inertia – the cost of the change over is perceived by many as not worth the hassle.
On the other side Open Source plus commercial software vendors are offering lower cost, richer support, and equal if not better software. How long will inertia hold out against these opposing forces. I suspect not a few stock gurus and arbitrageurs are trying to fathom the critical catastrophe point/event for placing their short positions.