Sunday, August 2, 2009
At the expense of GNU/Linux.
After Gillian saw what has happened with her idea she was furious. She realized that her boss never intended to switch to GNU/Linux and only played her idea to threaten Microsoft to get a discount. Her thorough research was used for the exact opposite than it was meant for originally. And she could not do anything about it.
A lot of companies are using GNU/Linux as a leverage to get discounts from software vendors. They don't actually care about Linux but use it as a tactic. It is sad that they are not seeing GNU/Linux as a real alternative that could save them money but only as a leverage for a gain from existing software vendors. What they do not realize is that if GNU/Linux was not a viable alternative, Microsoft would not feel threatened and would not offer them discounts. Most of these individuals do not even know what GNU/Linux is but they know that Microsoft and other software vendors listen when you mention switching over several hundred or even thousand computers to open source. Lots of shameless practices were committed in the name of GNU/Linux and this is just one of them. Hopefully in the future, companies will take GNU/Linux more seriously and realize that it is a very good operating system that can benefit their business needs and that even discounts from Microsoft vendors will not be enough to stop them from switching to open source.