Published at LXer:
Back in the mid 70s, Saturday Night Live (SNL) arrived on late night TV with a radically different approach to live entertainment. The first few seasons represented a true experiment in network television, departing from the cookie-cutter prime time variety shows of the era and introducing a new brand of raw, energetic - and irreverent - comedy. [...] In the past few years, a similar upstart has emerged to confront the mature, staid proprietary software market. [...] New OS players are emerging, and software powers such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are making serious accommodations to the growing threat.