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Measuring Gerstner's legacy

A News.com reader writes that Lou Gerstner's biggest legacy will be that he saved Java and open-source software from a monopoly bent on destroying them.

 

  
Measuring Gerstner's legacy

In response to the Oct. 26 column by Charles Cooper, "Gerstner's legacy and why it matters:"

Big Lou has done an amazing job. His biggest legacy will be that he saved Java and open-source software from a monopoly bent on destroying them. Can you say "payback time?"

Yes, Microsoft shafted IBM before Lou was there but he must get some satisfaction from the fact that whenever lame excuses not to use open-source software come up ("you can't get support for it," "no major vendor uses it"), people can now say, "IBM is doing it."

You wouldn't believe the number of conversations I have had that ended with that line! From the first open-source package to be supported by a major computer vendor (Apache by IBM) to "getting the Java religion," and now to supporting open-source software, IBM is back as the leader of the pack.

Tim McMurphy
Calgary, Alberta