has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the downside
to open source software. During this past month, I have seen
the open source community blamed for everything from IT job
loss to the fall of intellectual property, mostly coming from
the Microsoft camp and avid Microsoft supporters. Yet in light
of these claims, open source, especially Linux, continues
to gain ground in the server market, is being adopted my government
agencies all over the world, and is predicted to enjoy a substantial
increase in market share in the coming years. Could these
allegations be a last-ditch effort by proprietary giants to
expose open source as an unhealthy alternative in order to
protect the bank accounts of some of the largest commercial
is: yes. Knowing that Asia is becoming a large supporter of
the open source community, Microsoft head Bill Gates turned
his attention to the continent, strongly voicing his opinions
against the adoption of open source, describing it as damaging.
"If you don't want to create jobs or intellectual property,
then there is a tendency to develop open source. It is not
something you do as a day job. If you want to give it away,
you work on it at night, "Gates said. The image of a
proprietary programmer by day and open source developer at
night working till the wee hours with nothing more to guide
them then the glow of a computer monitor is highly primitive
and is no longer the case for this rapidly developing and
including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and of course Guardian Digital
fully utilize the open source model or have divisions that
do, and as a result, are providing well-paying day jobs and
long term careers for open source developers. That is correct,
well-paying jobs. If thousands of open source developers are
being employed by the largest software enterprises in the
world, how is it that industry jobs are being lost? It seems
to me that more jobs are lost when a near monopoly is formed
and industry employees have no choice but to work for a single
unfounded argument brought to my attention was the accusation
that open source causes the destruction of intellectual property.
The truth is open source actually assists in the development
of intellectual property by solving the problem of utilizing
development resources to wastefully "reinvent the wheel".
Since the source code is available to everyone, developers
can use the code as a basis for their own technology allowing
them more time to concentrate on next-generation developments.
Open source technologies are left in the hands of the people
that use them and allow those people to customize them to
fit their own needs, promoting extensive application evolution.
statements such as these are not to keep the consumer informed,
but are natural reactions of industry giants being confronted
with formidable competition. With fear of lost market share
and lower revenues looming over proprietary software vendors,
it is no wonder open source and its supporters are consistently
under such scrutiny. Whether its adversaries are realizing
it or not, open source has earned its wings in the software
industry and will continue to forcefully secure its spot in
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Recently, the editors of linuxsecurity.com, the Internet's
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regarding Linux and Open Source security issues, sat
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on the value of open source and what his company contributes
to the community and security industry.
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