Moving to Open Source quietly

ZDnet UK has another article on how many businesses prefer to make a move to open source software fairly quietly. This should be no surprise really given the news and circus-type feel some of the public “studies” of a large company or other organization moving to linux or replacing Microsoft Office. In many cases, there’ve been “personal visits” from Steve Ballmer to try to keep the organization in the Microsoft camp, lot’s of news articles, outside individuals lobbying one way or the other.

Who wants all that attention? Besides that, ZDNet points out that a big reason for quiet moves is to not aggravate their proprietary vendors. Others cite the possible threat of Software license audits as retaliation for an open source move. (Something that gives a similar chill as an IRS audit threat…)

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