Interesting piece on open source and some of the collatoral damage it can create, along with some interesting industry observations from wunderkind James Governor of Redmonk.
There are often big side effects from even small changes in directions by big corporations, certainly many of these are known before they happen, but many are not. Looking back on the early days of our Linux drive(’98/’99), I recognise some of these effects, many people wanted to believe that we did Linux purely to get back at Microsoft, and while that might have been a good reason for some people, it was purely collatoral damage if it did happen.
The effort was really about repositioning IBM, and putting IBM in a position to be ready for the downstream innovation that would come from the thousands of technologists in emerging and existing economies who would be exposed to Linux and the whole ecosystem and open source approach. It was also a “poster child” to push open source within IBM.
As they say, “hindsight is a wonderful thing”.