[LINK] So much for IBM.s commitment to open source
Deus Ex Machina
vicc at cia.com.au
Sat Oct 14 08:03:40 AEST 2006
" But to all the activists who are continually trumpeting about how IBM
has embraced open source software, well, guys, it's not quite as
ideological as you would like people to think. Most of IBM's code is
proprietary, especially the stuff they think they can make money at,
such as Websphere. If you really look at IBM's products, they are going
with open source in those cases where they think they can't win the
competition with Microsoft.
The fact is that IBM is always going to choose proprietary code unless
they think somehow that, in a particular application, going open source
gives them some competitive advantage. And they are going to dodge open
source whenever they can, because open source development is apparently
NOT as risk-free as the open source advocates would have us all think.
The fact is that Steve's template had open source code in it, and the
features worked perfectly well, but IBM took them out and either left
the features out or replaced them with proprietary code. And I think
that's interesting. "
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