July 30, 2004
Novell's Move to Open Source
David Patrick, from Novell, is talking about making open source software the mainstream at OSCON 2004, day 5.
This last year Novell discontinued it's license with Microsoft. 90% of the 6,000 employees are using OpenOffice. 2000 have changed to a Linux desktop, and remainder will be on Linux desktop by end of year. Novell is putting together a desktop installation which will be used in the organization.
Proprietary software companies continue to lose licenses and raise maintenance fees.
- Open source will distroy the software industry - not true, can coexist with proprietary
- Open source is written by sub-standard coders - a study was done, open source developers on average have 11 years of experience and are in professional IT positions
- Open source is a fad - not true, for those in denial, wake up, oss isn't going away
- Open source is "the right way" to develop - not true either, proprietary has it's place
- No money in open source - not true, MySQL revenue doubles every year - Novell, IBM investing millions/billions and are confident it will work
- Open source is free - not true, you can download it but it needs to be maintained
Posted by mike at July 30, 2004 10:40 AM