Today’s round up is small and focused on the legal side of open source. The first article suggests Linux adoption in the enterprise has peaked. The second article may explain why. Ummm, so does the third.
Regarding the second article, I think the proliferation of open source licenses will become too burdensome for enterprise clients to manage. While this may create new opportunities for legal departments and also for enterprising lawyers specializing in IP who can offer license management-related services, it also plays to the strength of vendors like Microsoft who can present customers an option whereby all licensing issues are streamlined and easily managed. Microsoft’s deals with companies like Novell make all kinds of sense in that respect.
More than 90% of the responding CIOs in the survey who are not current Linux users said they would not deploy the open-source operating system in their servers in this calendar year. That number is up from the 87% of those polled who answered in the same way in January of this year and significantly higher than the 60% of similar replies seen in 2006. “We believe it should be expected that Linux operating system growth will slow from the significant growth rates of the past few years,” the study, which was headed by UBS analyst Heather Bellini, concluded.
The bottom line: Open source software enables user and vendor enterprises to do a lot more with IT faster and cheaper than they can now. With these gains, however, Guptill sees a management price to pay. IT managers should brace themselves for the “rising tide” of licensing issues –and be prepared, he said.
According to NetApp, Sun first approached it about 18 months ago, saying NetApp needed to license technology primarily acquired through Sun’s acquisition of StorageTek. In a conference call with NetApp CEO Dan Warmenhoven and VP Dave Hitz, NetApp executives said Sun stopped negotiating after NetApp reviewed its own patent portfolio and accused Sun of infringing.