What do you do when you have billions of dollars in the bank and more money coming in each day than most companies can score in their corporate lifetimes?
You probably don't open source your software.
That's the conclusion that Mary Jo Foley and I arrived at following a long conversation at Sun's JavaOne Conference about what Microsoft should do about open source. It's nice to think of Microsoft fully joining the open-source community, but it's unlikely. The company has billions of reasons to make feints at open source to appease its critics while holding a proprietary line to appease its shareholders.
It's not pretty, but it's reality.… Read more