Published at LXer:
One of the core problems for open source has always been that as a radical force outside the mainstream it is hard for its supporters to influence conventional players there. In part, this was what made Dell'sIdeastorm so important: it gave a voice to those hitherto unable to communicate usefully with the company. The effects have been dramatic, with Dell nowpromising to sell systems with pre-installed GNU/Linux. The question then must be, how can we build on that success to achieve maximum impact?