While the article makes excellent points...

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Jun 08, 2009
3:02 PM EDT
While the article makes excellent points at this late stage the IT manager who still distrusts Linux (and probably FOSS in general) does so because of deep seated prejudices or misconceptions. I wonder if an article like this can overcome the idea.

A lot of managers who came from a business rather than a technical background are going to inherently distrust free and open and favor proprietary and closed. Proprietary and closed matches the traditional business model they were taught to believe in at their university or college. FOSS just doesn't. Openness isn't something most businesses strive for. They want to keep their competitive advantage. Surely something "open" must be vulnerable and dangerous to their business.

Jun 08, 2009
4:54 PM EDT
What's weird is it seems that in too many businesses, the decision-makers for tech and IT purchases are the least-qualified to make those decisions. I haven't seen so much of that myself, but years of reading tech news sure paints that picture. It also explains a lot of dumb stuff :)

Jun 08, 2009
7:17 PM EDT
I've seen it. To see IT horror stories involving idiots read the Shark Tank: http://blogs.computerworld.com/sharky

If you give them a good story and they publish it you get a free T-shirt. I got one: http://blogs.computerworld.com/node/3921

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