Enterprise Linux Log

Jun 5 2007   12:46PM GMT

The future of Linux: Microsoft?!

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While the Linux blogosphere stews over Xandros’ apparent defection to the dark side of the force, ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette waxes cynically on the future of Linux:

One by one, free and open source software providers are signing agreements with “the dark side”, the poster child for proprietary software, and (many say) the antithesis of open source: Microsoft.

Linux fans spew righteous indignation all over the blogosphere, and “poison pill” legalese is added to the most popular free software license to fight it, but the deals show no sign of slowing. Why do you think this is the case? At some point in the future, will Linux be available only from Microsoft and “approved” vendors?

I hope not. The best competition, and therefore best opportunities for we journalists :-) exists in an atmosphere of many choices. Not *just* Microsoft. Haven’t we already seen that play anyway?

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