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Comment: The linked MS ad at the top of the page (Score 1) 213

by Flying pig (#20982829) Attached to: Michael Dell says Linux Server Sales are Up
Said "Former Director of State IT services" in an ad that claimed he wouldn't convert Illinois to Linux because it was insufficiently reliable. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Having said which, this is not really bad news for either side. For Microsoft, this is actually good news. It's counter evidence for the next time they get called in over monopolistic practices, and reduces the chances of more fines from the EU.

Microsoft has to really grow up and become the kind of company that realises that competition from the same kind of product grows the pool. For Linux, the less niche it becomes, the more there is pressure to support, innovate and drive down cost of ownership (not cost of acquisition.) Therefore, as it generates a business ecosystem, its future is more assured.


+ - Should I be forced to close source my software?

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masonisdrunk writes "Having recently started a company providing Wireless Internet access, it was time for a cash injection and having found a investor he now wants me to close source my software (which I was just developing a homepage for) and sign a non-competiton agreement. Do I have a leg to stand on with this? I need the money to further the project, but also believe in the open source community and how that can help further develop the software bwyond what i could ever do.

Do slash dotters have any useful suggestions? or I'm i best to keep my mouth closed and do what i'm told.

Thanks in advance"

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