“Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, sent out a note this past week arguing that companies that “don’t jump on the open source bandwagon” risk being “left behind.” SAS’s PR team, by contrast, put out a report offering helpful guidelines: Make sure your software portfolio contains no more than 40 percent open source or face potential exposure to all sorts of security, cost, and other problems.”
See SAS, Canonical turn silly over open sourceChuckle. While Canonical does not ship much non-Free software, they seem to think like SAS when it comes to persuasion… Both want the world to take their suggestions about the ratio of FLOSS to non-FLOSS software in use.
Regardless of my personal problems with non-Free software, the world has largely accepted FLOSS to SAS’s chagrin. I guess Canonical should be glad except they barely mention “Linux” on their site. What’s with that? They are like some purveyors of non-Free software that talk about the benefits of their products without even mentioning what the software actually does as if that’s best kept secret…
e.g. Adobe sells a bunch of products that some folks feel are so essential they will pay money each month to keep that happening when in my whole life I’ve only used one of their products once with no end of frustration and dissatisfaction. I do manage to store, manage, edit a bunch of graphics/video without using their products, just FLOSS. I use Gimp, ImageMagick, Gallery, GNUmeric, CUPS etc. all running on Debian GNU/Linux operating system on desktop and server. I get the full benefit of using my own data with no monthly tax. I have better use for my money like buying welding rods for my next project or stocking up the pantry, or buying an electric car. No, I use FLOSS everywhere I can. You should too because it works for you not some corporation wanting to enslave you. After all, that’s the purpose of computerized information technology, getting more done with less.