Glyn Moody, ever insightful and provocative, states clearly in a recent RedmondMag.com article just what Microsoft is up against:What is the greatest threat to Microsoft's dominance: Google Inc. or open source? The answer is both, especially when they're working together.
Obvious, right? Well, no. Not exactly. What isn't so obvious, and which Glyn teases out to good effect, is just how clever Google has been about its use of open-source software. I have never connected the dots to Google's open-source arsenal as Glyn has. Nor had I given full credence to just how dependent Google is upon open source. Here's a very small taste:
"[Google is] an example of a company that literally couldn't have existed in the same form pre-Linux or pre-open source," says Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation -- the organization that pays Linus Torvalds to work on the Linux kernel. "If they had to rely on Microsoft or Sun, not only would it have been too expensive, they could not have done the modifications necessary to create their services."… Read more