Ik kwam via Slashdot een artikel van Tim O'Reilly tegen over Opensource zachtwaar en de bedreiging die het heeft voor Mikroschoft.
Hier wat stuff:
Now the Microsoft approach is clearly the best one for building a company; Bill Gates has done that par excellence. But it might not be the best approach for building commodity software.
And here is the crux of the matter: One major way to make money is to lead a market into commodity-hood -- sell something at a value-based premium while your cost structure matches that for a commodity. As other people enter the market, the leader can enjoy high profits while competitors scramble to catch up. But over time the market does turn into a commodity one. For now, the open-source world still has a shortage of enterprise-oriented development tools, infrastructure and support. But as attention and capital flow into the open-source world, that will change.
That's the challenge Microsoft now faces in systems software -- and perhaps what was once known as applications but is now increasingly user tools for manipulating an information-rich environment on the Web.