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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Courtesy of P2Pnet, saw this - IBM has cancelled its contract with Microsoft as of October this year and shall not upgrade to Vista, says Andreas Pleschek, who runs IBM's open source and Linux technical sales efforts in north eastern Europe. Elhaard writes after listening to Andreas Pleschek in Groklaw IBM found out that they could use open source principles in-house, because open source "enhances multi-site development". They have purchased several products over the years (Lotus, Tivoli, WebSphere, DB2, etc.) and they wanted to break them up into smaller components that could be mixed and matched. But they discovered that the pieces did not fit together, because the different developers did not talk to each other. The determination of when to use open source is getting solved by IBM this way : Use opensource for commoditized software & proprietary software for specialized software - mainly because there is not enough community interest to drive a complex, fast development for something that only a few people need. A pendulum motion shall happen between the two, so the border between what is best solved by Open Source and what is best solved by proprietary software moves all the time.
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