Penguinistas have long loved to ruminate over a beer about the potential
reversal of market share between Microsoft and companies offering open source
solutions. But such ruminations were often left to discussions at the pub or
the local LUG meeting because in a corporate business setting, even the most
die-hard Penguinistas might be cautious about being thought of as wacko - at
least in North American and European business settings.
Software market watchers are now taking more serious assessments of the
penguin versus butterfly competition, as Microsoft matures and Linux
continues to put large growth numbers on the board.
The more vocal observers' voices in this choir are typically located outside
the United States. For example, Tectonic, an online open source magazine
based in South Africa, recently quoted Novell SA systems engineer and
business manager Allison Si... (more)
Open source certainly now is "good enough" for the needs of most end users
who merely use their computers for simple office productivity work, Webbing,
and e-mailing. As any Tux-lover can tell you, a good case can be made that
open source desktop offerings can handle those basic jobs better than the
products of the desktop market leader. So it would appear that world
domination is right around the corner.
Again, why is world domination taking so long? One good answer for this big
question can be found by reading the work of Harvard theorist, Bhaskar
Chakravorti, PhD, who is curr... (more)