Red Hat Turncoat squirts Open Sauce

A FORMER Red Hat employee now in the service of the Titan of Redmond has been openly slagging off open source to anyone that will listen. Chris Sharp, director for platform strategy for Microsoft in the Asia-Pacific and Greater China region, told Computerworld Philippines that governments that support open source software are not helping to build a "viable software ecosystem" in their communities.

Sharp is an interesting character, he used to work for Red Hat before joining Microsoft and now says that building open source software is a "waste of money." Quite how this conversion on the way to Damascus took place has never been explained, but now Sharp is saying that governments that standardise on open source software are hurting their local commercial software vendor communities because these companies are being robbed of opportunities to make money that they need to invest in developing more software products.

He said that with open source, a company is in effect giving away its intellectual property, adding that this prevents a software company from getting back any benefits.

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News source: The Inq

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