|Windows Vista will be successful irrespective of any comments Microsoft|
makes about Linux and Open Source software purely because of a few
Most importantly - the average consumer does not hear any of this news
about the patent posturing that MS is making with regard to Linux/OSS.
It will not affect their purchasing decisions - partly because they
don't know that there is a decision to be made nor will they choose
otherwise if the option was presented to them.
In my opinion - Microsoft's "237 Patents infringed by OSS" statement is
not aimed at the Open Source community, nor is it aimed at the
consumers. It is targeted for the ears and eyes of the ISVs and IHVs to
help ensure that they do not stray from the fold and dip their toes in
supporting alternatives to the Microsoft offerings.
Windows Vista will be hugely successful. More PCs are sold every month
today than 5 years ago and they need an operating system. I would be
very shocked if Vista's launch sales did not outstrip XP's launch.
Like as like not, we will have to ensure that we play well in a MS Vista
world. We would benefit by being the "Most popular database" on the
"Most popular operating system".
Just my 2¢...
03 July 2007
To some, this will be a repost as I originally wrote it for an internal MySQL mailing list but I have had much positive replies to the posting, I thought I should share it with a wider audience.