There are times when you simply have to bring an ongoing situation to its conclusion.
Often, that happens as a consequence of another action.
And so it is with The Austin Live CD Initiative.
In an effort to help proliferate the Linux Desktop, HeliOS Solutions has contacted a number of Big Box stores and smaller businesses throughout the Austin Metro Area and asked them if we could set up professional and attractive displays for Linux Live CD's.
The response has been surprisingly positive...and I'm talking about some really BIG big box stores.
However, one of those stores asked me to meet with them and discuss some of the anticipated ramifications of them doing so.
They are concerned about Microsoft engaging them legally.
They are worried about Steve Ballmer coming in with a figurative ball bat and legally demolishing the displays....and then suing them amidst the rubble.
On what grounds?
Violating Microsoft's Intellectual Property.
We tend to think of this farce as being a part of the tech world. We don't often associate this issue spilling outside of our geeky, tech community confines.
Big Box does, and Big Box doesn't want to Kick The Beast.
I think it's time we laced up our size 12's and booted him dead square in his ass.
Ballmer and Company have shook this in our faces for a long time now. I have personally seen it erode into the opportunities the Enterprise would normally embrace.
But Ballmer did an outstanding job of putting the fear of Microsoft into them.
It's time for this to come to a conclusion...and maybe, possibly not but maybe, this could be the way to get it done. MAKE them show us the code. Make them come after Linux Et Al and put this ridiculous issue to bed once and for all.
It's really getting in our way.
We'll see if those of us wearing the "Sue Me First Steve" T-shirts take them off quickly when it starts to get interesting.
Now...I'm not necessarily the sharpest light bulb in the lumber pile. There may be some good reasons that this shouldn't happen. Reasons I'm not seeing...reasons you might see with a clarity that would be obvious to most.
That's why I am bringing it to you. I don't write these blogs because I think what I have to say is important. The jewels of wisdom lie in the comments underneath my ramblings.
We have amassed a fairly impressive number of people who are willing to devote time and talent to The Austin Live CD Initiative. We intend to place a huge number of CD's with excellent support documentation through out the Greater Austin Area. It could make a big difference...
And it could be just another ho-hum effort...time will tell.
My question to you is this. Do we Kick The Beast now.....?
Or do we passively wait to be eaten at his leisure?
All Righty Then,
Saturday, November 08, 2008
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 8:47 AM