IBM, Cisco, HP and Intel to join group of 13 for open source promotion

By Justin Mann on January 11, 2006, 7:34 PM
Big players like IBM, HP, Cisco and Intel are teaming up with Universities and various institutions in an effort to further promote research and development for open source software of all sorts. The goals are pretty clear, and it's in the best interest of these companies to do such as they all make heavy use of open source products. Many of these companies are big contributors to open source, and are committed to providing technology they develop as a whole free of charge to the community as a whole, something that should improve the state and quality of various projects all over the world. It is good to see enterprise-class companies supporting open source, whether or not it is for their own good.




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swker98 said:
but yet microsoft isnt doing thiswhy
MonkeyMan said:
Microsoft maybe a little busy these days, which would account for their absence at this event. With all of the legal disputes, and software releases, I don't think they will be at this event, but who knows, things do change in short periods of time.
otmakus said:
Microsoft isn't in this because open source softwares is basically their ultimate enemies, and they naturally won't take any part on nurturing their enemies. If open source OS or Office becomes better and broadly used, who will buy their expensive products? They could easily crush any competing companies, like what they've done repeatedly in the past, but they can't stop distribution of open source softwares.
exscind said:
Open source is a good way to develop softwares as well as forming relationships between companies. There are quite a few successful open sources so it is really no surprise that the "big boys" of the computing business are continuing down the road with the proverbial train.I've read a report recently (Sept. or Oct.?) that Microsoft is in fact getting on the open source bandwagon. I wish I can remember where I read it, but it was in response to the success of openoffice. If I remember correctly, Microsoft wanted a part of MS Office to be open source so flaws would be found quicker and fixed faster. If applied, this may actually be a very good idea. Of course, Microsoft would never let anything of theirs be completely open source, right? Imagine the disaster: "So the Windows OS is really just a bunch of lab rats running wheels and fetching programs for the users, eh?..."
nathanskywalker said:
"The principles specifically address open collaboration models, in particular, instances where researchers will create and disseminate software knowledge freely to the public."cool.[url]http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10580457/[/url][ur
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86,00.html[/url][url]http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/le
alnews.mspx[/url][url]http://feeds.computerworld.com/Compu
erworld/Microsoft/Legal/Issues/Feed[/url]microsoft, busy? no way....
zachig said:
Open Source is very good and has many advantages. Microsoft isn't doing so becasue they are afraid of losing money and losing in their competition. Anyway, that's why we have Open Office for, don't you think???
vigilante said:
While MS may not be Open Source, technically, but they still provide a lot of free software. Maybe that is their excuse?There are some big names in that group, I hope they can collaborate a plan for a new Operating System. There are big enough names to get hardware manus to create drivers for out of the box. Linux is still just not ready for the average consumer.
PUTALE said:
i wonder if they ever plan to push the idea of open source to college kids (ie the future of IE technology) so that the future will be less dependent on the MS. I wonder would they actually promoting Linux or other forms of open source. I am sure there's some hidden agenda in their plan:).
asphix said:
Promotion of open source is always a good thing. I'm also not surprised Microsoft isn't in it, but that doesnt really bother me. It will be interesting what these universities come up with, hopefully some good stuff.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by swker98:[/b][quote]but yet microsoft isnt doing thiswhy[/quote]Microsoft makes deals with universities and other schools so that they get free or cheap computers loaded with their OS and their applications. The catch is usually that they're not allowed to use other operating systems / applications.
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by PUTALE:[/b][quote]i wonder if they ever plan to push the idea of open source to college kids (ie the future of IE technology) so that the future will be less dependent on the MS. I wonder would they actually promoting Linux or other forms of open source. I am sure there's some hidden agenda in their plan:).[/quote]Remember, Google was done by two university teens in their garage so i assume the next generation OS might come from similar roots...
someone said:
[b]Originally posted by swker98:[/b][quote]but yet microsoft isnt doing thiswhy[/quote]Did you happen to notice that all of the companies listed were primarily hardware companies?
someone said:
[b]Originally posted by vigilante:[/b][quote]There are some big names in that group, I hope they can collaborate a plan for a new Operating System. There are big enough names to get hardware manus to create drivers for out of the box. Linux is still just not ready for the average consumer.[/quote]I believe the idea is to support OSS so in part they can get out of the writing Operating Systems business, at least in great part. The idea being that Cisco can use a version of Linux or some other OSS product to replace IOS, HP to replace UX, Intel doesn't sell completed systems so it doesn't need an OS, IBM dropped OS/2. They will of course have teams focused on making sure it works properly with their hardware, but they don't have any impetus to make it work on other hardware (say Apple though maybe that will be tackled by Intel?). I really and truly wouldn't expect a new OS out of this. I wouldn't mind though seeing Linux falling by the wayside and big time work put into BSD. Apple is doing some cool stuff with it. Wonder why Apple isn't all Open Source? Guess it isn't cool to pick on them. At best, I expect stabilizing/performance oriented code being written for Linux for specific enterprise class hardware platforms that these companies can somehow wrangle support contracts out of the customers for. There has to be some mechanism in there for them to make money from this venture or they wouldn't do it. The business world and university world are EXTREMELY different. Students can do things for free as they live off mom and dad's money using equipment bought by government and corporate grants. Business people can not do that, they have to provide a source of revenue.
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