[TriLUG] Linux is a monopoly???????
bradoaks at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 1 17:09:18 EDT 2003
MicroSoft is free to make OpenSource products. Noone is stopping them.
This decision in MA is not requiring a specific vendor; it is only
specifying one of the terms of the "deal".
Christopher L Merrill wrote:
> Michael Thompson wrote:
>> I'm sending them my thoughts right now...
> Despite some of the FUD statements, I don't disagree with
> the article...particularly this line:
>> The “Freeware Initiative” will require that all IT expenditures in
>> 2004 and 2005 be made on an open-source/Linux format.
> Just becase the software is open-source does not make it good. The
> TCO is
> an important and complex determination. In many cases, commercial
> is cheaper than 'free' software, when TCO is figured in.
> As an example, in the web load-testing arena (which I'm rather familiar
> with), there are very few open-source offerings...and all the ones we've
> surveyed are _severly_ lacking in features.
> This requirement is no different than requiring IT departments to
> buy nothing but Microsoft. You might like it better, but it is
> equally restricting...and stupid.
> IT departments should be free to choose the most effective solution
> to each problem...as it arises.
> Chris (not-an-open-source-zealot) Merrill
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