The language in this version appeals more to organizations than individual users, especially concerning patents. There is more reference to suing companies that don't respect the license.

Security is especially relevant for government vendors. Governments are saying they'd rather use open-source technology because there aren't any unseen open doors into the system. But it's not only that. Linux offers better performance, more stability, and a lower cost. It's a threat to Microsoft, and there's no turning back.

All the major vendors are hedging their bets with Linux.

Today most open-source-related companies, whether they seek venture capital or not, need to define their market and objectives in the context of technical maturity, commercial support and partnerships with system vendors and independent software vendors, licensing, and the vibrancy of their respective open-source communities.

This won't stop the Microsoft encroachment.

Customers prefer to get their solutions from one source.

As open-source companies continue to create pricing pressure on proprietary software solutions, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft responds subsequent to the release of Longhorn. By 2010 Microsoft will support its applications on Linux and develop an open-source strategy.

A patent commons allows IT industry to add value above the operating system.

The U.S. government's support for Linux is indicative of the shift away from government-developed code and the lower costs associated with commercial off-the-shelf solutions. The U.S. government benefits from the community efforts to enhance the security of Linux with up-to-date technical innovation.