Confusing the point about open source

A reader says that although he's a fan of Linux, he was left unimpressed by Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann's rebuttal to a Microsoft exec's argument against open source.


Confusing the point about open source

In response to the May 21 Soapbox column by Michael Tiemann, "Decoding Microsoft's open-source argument":

Is it just me, or did Tiemann have nothing to say at all?

Over and over again, Microsoft's Craig Mundie (in an earlier column) does his best to make his point, and over and over again, Tiemann says either nothing at all, insults his competitor, or just promotes his own company as if Red Hat is open source.

Don't get me wrong, here. I love Linux--run it at home and at work. However, it's guys like Tiemann behind the wheel I have to wonder about in connection with the future of the open-source movement. Is this the best that we can do? I mean, really?

At one point Mundie talks at length about how he sees history over the last 50 years. Tiemann counters with "The last 50 years merely follow the 450 that preceded them." This kind of comment reminds me of a saying: "It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

As far as I can see, that comment is a non sequitur. If this was the only time he did this I would think nothing of it. But he just goes on in this manner, saying nothing, or nothing about what Mundie was talking about at all.

There are a lot of great arguments for the GPL, open source and Linux. However, Tiemann either does not seem to be familiar with them or is trying to lull the competition.

Nathan Raddin
Richmod, Va.