Microsoft Monitor: On Linux and Microsoft "Don’t misunderstand; I am not anti-Linux. Open-source software has its place, and many companies sell commercial Linux distributions. But, when the Linux experimenting is done and businesses consider the bottom line, I believe many companies will continue picking packaged software over open-source alternatives. Where necessary, they will build some solutions themselves, but using commercially developed development tools.
Absolutely, Linux has its place. But, I believe that place’s expansion will require greater commercialization of Linux and expansion of products along the vertical stack. Until that happens, many companies may be disappointed by just how much extra work is necessary compared to easy-to-use packaged software from the likes of Microsoft."
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