Information Week published the results of its survey of 536 business technology professionals asking questions surrounding the general question of…
The results might surprise some of you. For example, three years ago, 53% surveyed said Microsoft was not open at all. That number dropped to 19% in this year’s survey.
IW also provides Microsoft with what they call their put up or shut up list consisting of:
* Reveal the patents allegedly being violated by open source products.
* Dedicate developers to open source projects such as OpenPegasus (management software) and Python (programming language) and make contributions that beyond those serving its own interests.
* Support SVG, ECMAScript, and other key Web standards in IE 8.0.
* Work with IBM and Sun Microsystems to unify ODF and Open XML and make ODF-Open XML interoperability a native feature in Office.
* Fund and operate a joint interoperability lab with the Linux Foundation.
* Reduce or eliminate protocol patent license fees for common services like printing and file replication.
* Adopt open source practices, such as community input and development, for the .Net Framework and Silverlight.
* Demonstrate transparency by providing more information about what comes next in Windows 7.
To this list, I’ll add my annual plea to Microsoft to Open Source what might be the best stable light weight operating system ever developed: Windows 98 Second Edition (SE). It could easily be embedded in 64MB (or less) of firmware, run lightning fast with slow processors (by today’s standards), and had great hardware driver support. The Asus Eee PC hardware configuration would actually be overkill for Windows 98SE. And, I believe much of modern malware would not affect it. Once Open Sourced, it could probably be secured relatively easily by the talented FOSS programmer community.