SeekingAlpha blogger Joe Panettiere put forth an interesting proposition yesterday. We thought you might want to check it out.
Many open source advocates believe that penetration of open source solutions and development methods in the mainstream enterprise market will eventually choke the life out of Microsoft and other proprietary software vendors. Panettiere, on the other hand, suggests that open source will make Microsoft a better, stronger company if those in Redmond play their cards right.
Yes, you read that correctly. Open source has such a presence in the enterprise now, he says, that Microsoft needs to buddy up to open source app developers if there's any hope of success for the yet-to-be-released Longhorn. Moreover, he indicates that Microsoft is attempting to do just that -- by seeking admission to the Open Solutions Alliance.
So far, the software giant's advances have been rebuffed. It seems current OSA members are wary of Redmond's motives. We can't say that's a surprise, but it will be interesting to watch this unfold.