|| ||Leon Brooks <leon-AT-cyberknights.com.au>|
|| ||Cordelia Lee <news-AT-asia.cnet.com>,
|| ||Open Source is not a "business model"|
|| ||Fri, 30 Sep 2005 07:45:56 +0800|
Cordialia Lee wrote for CNet:
> Any product or service should be chosen for being the most suitable
> to use," [DPP of CompTIA, Michael] Mudd said. "Open standards,
> technical neutrality and interoperability are far more important
> than the business model itself. That's our view."
Open source is not a "business model", it's a development process.
Organisations can layer a business model around an Open Source
development process, or a "secret sauce" development process, or a
mixture of the two without necessarily altering their business model.
However, it's much harder to build a monopoly or any other unhealthy
business model around Open Source, and the Malaysian Government
rightfully objects to being at the wrong end of a monopoly.
The preference for Open Source not only helps Malaysia to save its
people's money up front, but also reduces the amount of control which
(rightfully) self-interested foreign corporations exercise over its IT
If you examine CompTIA's funding, you will discover that the single
biggest source is a foreign convicted monopolist, and it's not hard to
imagine a connection between that factor and Mudd's opinion.
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