Posted by: berencamlost | 2007 November 12

The 5 stages of grief as seen by Microsoft

This was posted a while ago, and I just ran across it again. Funny stuff.

by Paul Thurrott, News Editor, thurrott@windowsitpro.com

If you’ve been following the tech news lately, you might be aware of an interesting development in the virtual cold war that’s existed between Microsoft and the open-source movement since, well, the inception of the open-source movement. Microsoft’s reaction to those who make “free” software has evolved over the years, and oddly enough, it seems to have followed the cycle of the Kübler-Ross “5 stages of grief”:

Denial. Open source? Never heard of it. Why don’t you come back when you folks are actually making some money?

Anger. What do you mean Linux and Apache are stealing market share from the low end of the server market? That’s our business!

Bargaining. OK, here’s a thought: Maybe Linux and Apache are taking share on the low-end. But as long as Windows Server and Microsoft IIS continue to dominate the Fortune 500, we won’t have any problems.

Depression. What? They’re in the data center now? But…we offer so much more functionality than the open-source solutions! Can’t people see that?

Acceptance. Microsoft has announced a series of deals, with open-source companies such as Novell, Xandros, Boss, XenSource, Samsung, Zend, and others, to collaborate on solutions that will make open source- solutions and Microsoft products and services work better together. The key to this, of course, is intellectual property cross-licensing, which typically involves patent convents by which Microsoft promises not to legally pursue customers of its partners.


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