Open Source Software and Linux

Oct 8 2008   2:31AM GMT

What?! No Big Name Backers of Linux and Open Source?

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

I really can’t believe this guy Michael Tan said this about Linux and Open Source:

The problem with Linux is that the backers of Linux distributions tend to be small little companies or at least not really famous ones. Funny names like Red Hat, Mandrake and Ubuntu don’t help, either, not to mention “difficult to understand” business and profit models.

I certainly wasn’t aware that Intel, IBM and many others are considered small little companies. Maybe in Singapore?

In December of 2007 IBM contributed it’s Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) to the Eclipse Foundation:

“We are excited to have IBM’s contribution and leadership to the Eclipse ACTF project,” says Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “This is another great example of organizations driving forward technical innovation through an open source project at Eclipse.

Not only that but the list of additional contributors is the Who’s Who of the IT Industry:

Initial supporters of this initiative include Actuate Corporation (U.S.A.); Adobe Systems Incorporated (U.S.A.); BIRT Project, Eclipse Foundation; BrailleNet (France); Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (Netherlands); IBM Corporation; International Webmasters Association/HTML Writers Guild (U.S.A.); Japan Braille Library (Japan); Mozilla foundation (U.S.A.); Royal National Institute of Blind People (United Kingdom); SAP AG (Germany); SAS Institute Inc. (U.S.A.); SIG-Universal Access to the Internet, Internet Technology Research Community (Japan); State University of New York at Stony Brook (U.S.A.); The Carroll Center for the Blind (U.S.A.); The Paciello Group (U.S.A.); Technosite (ONCE Foundation) (Spain); Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan); University of Manchester (United Kingdom); University of Toronto (Canada); University of Washington (U.S.A.); Vision Australia (Australia); and Web Accessibility Tools Consortium.

Or how about these folks at these small little companies that are not really famous:

Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and Yahoo Inc. announced the creation of a global, multi-data center open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education.

Really Michael, how do you do a good job of “He is the responsible for all aspects of developing new businesses and sourcing new productlines for a regional IT distribution company. He also oversees the company’s legal affairs as General Counsel.” these things when you have no more insight than what is in your post?

-j

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