To be or not to be: GNU / Linux?
Let's be frank. What really matters to most of the top level management is getting the job done. Now, whether the job is executed using the traditional closed source platform or an Open Source platform is a matter of corporate policy as laid down by the management. Most of the time, I have noticed that people who are technology implementers in most organizations have almost no say in the products and platforms they implement. Some of the factors that really drives most of these management decisions is the cost of the solution, cost of implementation, cost of licenses, cost of upgrades, cost of bug-fixes and updates, cost of manpower and last but certainly not the least, how the product is able to help increase productivity and keep the greenbacks flowing in.
Whatever be the Open Source platform most companies use to implement their projects on, most of them don't really bother about GNU or GNU/ Linux. What matters to them is the fact that the such an open standard makes life so much easier as well as less expensive for them to deploy their solutions. They know that they are not compelled to make any compulsory returns to the Open Source community. These are facts, and facts are difficult to live with. But, at the same time, it would not be fair on my part to label all of them as being part of the same bandwagon. It's a fact that the Open Source community has to live with. These are facts that are reiterated time and again when I meet up with the top brass of various organizations who want to be in the same league as others either trying to implement their own so called corporate Open Source strategy or some of them building their own product and services on freely available and GPL licensed Open Source software.