brunschvicg wrote:If they're that stupid, presumably they'll go for the "cheaper" option anyway: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39286295,00.htm
Novell -- Open mouth, insert VERY large foot!
If you look back on the history of this whole Novell/M$ deal, look at the press releases, claims and counter-claims, Novell has played the fool time and time and time again. The saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME!" What makes this drama all the more comedic is the fact that Novell gets played the fool by none other than monkey boy, quite the fool himself. So what does that mean?.. Fools played by even bigger fools.. It basicly means that right now, the Linux world is being represented in the form of high powered Corporation CIO's who are absolute morons! Maybe somewhat business savvy, but having nothing but the FUD that M$ (and probably some of thier inherantly ignorant customers) apparently leads them to believe in their heads when it comes to Linux, GPL, and any other open source matters.
It sounds to me as if HSBC was using a hodge podge of distro's with no apparent IT manager guiding things, or having an IT manager who simply does not care. I can tell you that at the Corporation where I work, these things are very heavily controlled and everyone uses the same workstation platform. Servers are heavily controlled as well and are under very tight contractual constraints. I can see and understand how FUD like this spreads around and becomes gospel, because ive only run across ONE IT Manager that had even the smallest of an inkling of a clue when it comes to Linux and interoperability. Sad day when a Customer Trainer like myself knows more about Linux than an IT Manager of a behemoth of a corporation like the one I work for. I can tell you that this is actually quite the norm as I have witnessed it.
We do very much live today in the world that mamoth Corporations have dictated for us to live in, and have been very well trained in the manner of thinking in which they approve.
So, is it any wonder that today we have CIO's clamoring for M$ racketeering deals? Absolutely not! CIO's make decisions based upon what thier experts tell them. Thier IT experts (the vast majority anyway) know little or nothing about Linux and just how well it always has worked with Windows. This is mostly the fault of the Linux community, well 99% of it anyway, due to a total lack of unity or any unifying standards. There is no real leadership within the Linux world, despite the fact there are are many highly talented, high profile leaders who could, if given the reigns of power, provide the guiding hand that is required for the 21st Century. Linus Torvalds and Mark Shuttleworth just to name two people whom the entire Linux world would almost wholeheartedly stand behind. There are many hundred Distro's out there, each with thier own guiding principles and leaders, each going in seperate directions, and following no clear cut goal put forth for an overall global roadmap. I think until we as a worldwide community decide to get serious about this, we will always fall victim to these types of shenanigans that M$ does to further splinter our efforts.