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Articles by Matthew McKenzie
posted in October 2004
A UK government report encourages public agencies to consider using Linux and other open-source alternatives to commercial software.
Patent lawsuits and other intellectual property conflicts are grabbing plenty of headlines lately. Yet I don't see this subject as just another hot news item--I consider it the biggest threat the open-source software community has ever faced, and it may be the most serious threat the U.S. technology industry as a whole has ever faced as well.
The Linux parade is headed for Main Street. Finally, after years of nay-saying (and the occasional grumpy analyst report), we're seeing more evidence that open-source software is ready to become more than an asterisk in the mainstream market.
Yet the true test for mass-market Linux isn't the desktop--it's the laptop. And while desktop Linux keeps moving towards the head of the class, its laptop cousin still has some homework to do.
There's a new game in town for unemployed software executives who need a new gig: enterprise open-source services. Judging from the money and management talent moving into this market, it's less likely to be a gold rush than a no-holds-barred cage match. And that's great news for firms that need a clear technology roadmap before they venture into open-source territory.
Novell Corp. executives this week fired a warning shot in the continuing industry battle over software patent lawsuits.
Research analysts get their workaday kicks from two things: free booze at industry conferences and seeing their names in print. Gartner analyst Annette Jump must have been delighted with the publicity she earned last week, although Linus Torvalds isn't likely to pick up her bar tab anytime soon.