SysAdmin Paper from Yankee Group Ignorable
This report states that:
"Corporations that use proprietary software, such as Microsoft Volume Licenses, Apple Macintosh and the various flavors of UNIX (e.g., Sun Microsystems Solaris), have indemnification protection, i.e. protection against loss or liability. Organizations that opt for free Linux and open source software either get limited indemnification- subject to specific terms, conditions and caps on liability- or they get no indemnification at all."
The report's premise begins with an inaccuracy and aims to promulgate FEAR. UNCERTAINTY and DOUBT.
FUD was first defined by Gene Amdahl after he left IBM to found his own company, Amdahl Corp.: "FUD is the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that IBM sales people instill in the minds of potential customers who might be considering Amdahl products."
I covered this topic for O'Reilly in an article called:
Looking for Indemnification While Linux Sales Double
One excerpt from the article states:
Now, here's the facts and you can get them or not: GNU/Linux, a free software operating system built originally by volunteers has become a sensation. Laggards continue to use Windows. Linux has become the leading operating system. Why? Because it gives people what they want.
Yankee Go Home!
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