Letter: Computerworld or Microsoftworld?

Computerworld reporters need to 'pull their heads out of the sand', says reader

Dear sir,

I have been reading Computerworld for around 10 years now. Over the last couple of years I have noticed that the amount of Microsoft content has increased dramatically to the point where we should just about call it Microsoftworld. It is becoming blisfully clear that if you are anything other then Microsoft that you have no show of ever appearing in the Computerworld.

I work for a partner with my main focus being on open source. Reading through it you would be lucky to even get a glimpse of anything related to enterprise open source — so really your release is just becoming an update on what Microsoft and their partners are up to. While the organisation I work for does Microsoft, we also do a lot of open source work.

Some of your articles have also been extremely flawed — an item that comes to mind is about the Ministry of Justice. You said it was sticking with Novell and bucking the trend. I think if you talk to MoJ about where they want to go, open standards plays alot in this area. I understand that that the ministry is in the process of upgrading its environment to Novell’s Open Enterprise Server 2 Linux — interestingly enough I believe Inland Revenue is doing the same.

I would think if your reporters should spend some time and speak to them or research their websites you would find that they both have Linux strategies. If we continue down this track and look at Linux, then we see that that there are schools, government and private institutions running open source.

Most of NZ Post’s environment operates on Red Hat.

I also found it laughable where in the last two releases of the Computerworld that you talk about Microsoft’s cloud computing product vision which is yet to be released. Maybe you should have a talk to the New Zealand Super Computer or Gen-i, which this coming week is putting into production Novell’s Platespin Orchestrator product (formerly ZENworks Orchestrator).

This is what Microsoft are “talking about” that Novell and Gen-i/NZCS are doing. But of course it is not Microsoft so you couldn’t possibly talk about this.

I really feel that your reporters need to pull their heads out of the sand. Microsoft is playing catch-up with VMware for virtualisation, Novell for cloud computing/automatic provisioning of virtual and physical servers, Red Hat and Novell for their enterprise versions of Linux.

You also really haven’t reported on the benefits that customers have got out of the Microsoft/Novell SUSE relationship.


Concerned Open Source Lover

Editor replies: Last week’s issue featured an enterprise open source Red Hat story (“NZX delays Linux sytem rollout”) on page 1. It then featured SilverStripe’s open source content management system on page 3.

On page 11 we had Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig. On page 14 we addressed Google’s open source browser Chrome. On page 22 we covered AJAX servers and an Open BSD release. On page 23, more AJAX.

We appear to be ahead of you on IRD. In April we talked to the department and published “IRD to shift to new Novell Suse platform”. From memory this was on page 1 in the print edition. We went to IRD again in July for our open source special feature and published “Enterprise doors open for open source”.

You don’t mention OnTrack’s use of Novell’s Suse. We did in January.

I don’t know how many times we have covered VMware in the last year or two — go to our website and plug it in the search engine. While you’re there, read “Microsoft invests US$100 million more in Novell” from August.

We’ve also covered a lively debate around the use of open source in an Otago school over the last few weeks.

Among other recent items:

“Open source deeply ingrained at CityLink”

“Strong line-up for second open source awards”

“Kiwi launches open-source store”

“NZ SaaS providers welcome Chrome as ‘game changer’”

It may also interest you that the term “open source” appears in 48 articles published in Computerworld since the beginning of October.

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