by Colin Dodd
“In the industry-standard computing space, a number of years ago we faced the challenge of what was going to happen with Linux and the growth of open source. And fundamentally we made a decision that business customers make rational business decisions, and the reason they choose an open source product is because they can solve the problem better than they can with a Windows-based product. So when you put it in those sorts of terms, the way we compete against Linux is very simple: we build a better product and we have a great value proposition. Today our customers know Linux isn’t free and the overall cost of the solution is in fact in most cases quite a bit higher than a Windows-based solution. And if we can offer a better solution at a great price, then customers choose Windows — and they are. So we are growing strongly,” stated Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business.
Just wondering, where are the reaction quotes from the open source community in this article? Must’ve been a tight deadline.
And it also seems as if these very smart proprietary software executives (and some of the writers who cover them) still don’t quite understand the difference between “free speech” and “free beer.”
It is indeed difficult to teach something to someone when their paycheck depends on them not understanding it.