Monday, January 5, 2009

Should open source boycott Microsoft?

I don’t think so, but then I read headlines like this, from the Manila Bulletin in the Philippines, and I wonder if such a boycott does not already exist.

Pinoy open source firm, MS ink unholy alliance.

Unholy, Sparky? Really? The story describes a deal between Winston Demarillo’s Exist Global and Microsoft to “enable the creation of more interoperable programs.”

The story adds that Microsoft is building two, not one but two, software labs in the country — in Quezon City and at the University of the Philippines.

Still, I couldn’t get that word out of my head. Unholy. Is open source really a holy business model, a holy contract? Is any company standing against it unclean, to be shunned?

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