Open Source: It's Still All about Control
What do Microsoft's offer to do a joint, independent research project to analyze the benefits of Linux versus Windows, Miro fighting with Mambo's developers over Mambo management and Sun's Common Development and Distribution License all have in common? They're all about control.
There is this delusion by some open-source opponents that open-source and free software is some kind of wild-eyed, long-haired socialist experiment by neo-hippies who don't bathe, don't have real jobs and sneer at the capitalist, work-a-day world.
Despite the dopes who insist that there's no good reason to switch from Windows to Linux, Microsoft knows better. CEO Steve Ballmer himself counts Linux among the most significant challengers Microsoft faces-not because of anti-Microsoft bigots-but because there is a real business choice between Linux and Windows.