Claiming that "open source is no religion" Computer Associates CEO John Swainson has a good shot at winning the prize for delivering the most realistic keynote at this edition of LinuxWorld in Boston.
Living in a fragmented world of IT shall remain a reality for years to come, both in terms of hardware (x86, Sparc, Power and mainframe) as well as software (Solaris, Windows, Linux, AIX and HP/UX). Any vendor trying to sell you a vision of a single monolithic architecture is just going after your money.
For the IT industry to truly help its customers and users, it should "put aside politics," Swainson told attendees at LinuxWorld in his keynote on Tuesday. "We can't afford to behave that way. We need to work together as a community and create standards that have flexibility. Just because Linux has arrived, doesn't mean Windows will just fade away."
I couldn't help but shed a tear over Swainson's honesty. Have we at last found an IT vendor that loves us for who we are? Oh, wait. Swainson is with Computer Associates. That company that under its founder CEO Charles Wang build a reputation of squeezing customers for every penny the have while cutting back on services. Too bad. Or maybe they really did change?
Swainson, the newly appointed CEO of Computer Associates
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