IBM: You Can't Control Linux

Posted by red5 on Apr 15, 2010 3:18 PM EDT
CIO Update; By Sean Kerner
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Speaking in a keynote session at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit, Dan Fry, vice president of open system development at IBM, provided his insights into some do's and don't when trying to work with Linux. For IBM, one of the hardest lessons it had to learn was one about control. Mainly, there is none. "There is nothing that we can do to control individuals or communities, and if you try, you make thing worse," Fry told the audience. "What you need is influence. It goes back to the most important lesson, which is to give back to the community and develop expertise. You'll find that if your developers are working with a community, that over time they'll develop influence and that influence will allow you to get things done."

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