Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Nov 2006 12:49 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "Would you have believed at the end of last summer that Microsoft and Novell would partner over Linux, or that Oracle would create its own brand of Linux? Yeah, I wouldn't have believed it either, but here we are. So, what does it all mean? Rather than make a snap judgement I decided to sit, wait and watch before trying to make sense of it all. Now, I'm ready to give you my two-cents on who are the winners and losers in this post-deal Linux world."
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The Ultimate Winner
by obsethryl on Thu 16th Nov 2006 21:47 UTC
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Clearly, the real winners in the business world, from which all these FUD and non - FUD spreading "companies" and "foundations" stem, are the ones who have the best business model.

FLOSS is a successful business model because of its distributed and participative nature. CEOs, opinion makers and others who feel their business "model" needs radical changes, weigh two things: the cost of the change if unavoidable VS the cost of thumbing the alternative model down.

It is not that Microsoft would not switch to Windows GPL Edition. It just costs less for them right now to go the other way. Everything else is trivial.

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