tigers and elephants


Is Microsoft a tiger or a rogue elephant? A tiger has its own agenda, and cannot be diverted from its mission:to kill and eat. An rogue elephant is powerful and intelligent, but they can also be trained. We in the opensource community are not sure of the answer to this question. If Microsoft is a tiger, we will have to kill it to have peace. If Microsoft is currently a rogue elephant, we can tame it and turn it into a significant open source contributor. Either way, I have faith in the power of open source to overcome, just like the power of water to erode. We can work with Microsoft without fear.

Gandhiji said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” If we do not allow Microsoft to join us, we can never “win”.