Worth a read: InfoWorld editor-at-large Paul Krill reports on comments at a recent software summit in "Open source software merits debated: Officials from Microsoft, Red Hat, MySQL, others chime in." Yes, IBM also gets quoted in the article.
Panelists noted concerns enterprises have about platform switches. The proliferation of standards reduces the switching costs, however, according to the panel. Users will tend to migrate to open source when re-architecting their environment, rather than migrating current applications, said Urlocker.
Users now expect compatibility in software, stressed Brian Behlendorf, CTO and Founder of CollabNet.
âPeople see incompatibility as a bug to be fixed rather than as a proprietary advantage to be driven,â Behlendorf said.