Originally posted by randomblast
you can't hate something or refuse to have anything to do with them just because they're commercial.
open source is great, and if there is an open-source alternative to a commercial product, i'll use it, but you have to live in a real world, not everyone can afford to live off donations, people have to make money.
If IBM or anybody else wants to sell a linux-based product or a product for linux, then that's great, they are just making more software available for linux, as long as it complies with the GPL and doesn't completely rape open-source software then more power to them.
corporations like IBM, Apple, they are good for open-source.
corprations like M$ who just want to dominate the market and muscle out everybody else are bad for open-source, the economy, and the general public.
Are you insane? Have you not forgotton IBM could give a rats ass about OSS? They are using Linux, but the applications they bundle with their linux servers are NOT open source. The server monitoring software, bandwidth load balencing software, etc.
Same with apple, itunes is not OSS, ichat is not OSS, appleworks (is that on osx?) is not oss
And everyone seems to forgot IBM was the microsoft of the 80's, they had a hold on the market, they were proprietary as hell (until pheonix reverse engineered their bios chip :O ) etc etc..
The apple 1984 superbowl commercial with "big brother" , you know who that big brother guy talking, and all the people blindly following in that commercial was representing? IBM
IBM is not a hero, they do not care about OSS.
It is a good advertising point to tout the source availability of linux and how you can do what you want with it. That is a way to get corps to buy your linux solutions, and IBM is using this to their advantage. This does not mean they care about OSS at all, it's just a selling tactic.
Once a evil monopoly, ALWAYS an evil monopoly.
One day someone will superceed microsoft and then we'll all be praising microsoft, lord help us! :P