Joel made some interesting comments about Linux and the German government migration to the platform. It spawned an even more interesting thread in his forums.

The best post was from Philo:

Why does Linux *have* to be a market success? The market has Windows, and that seems to be satisfying most people just fine.
Is there a need for Linux somewhere?

I’m not sure I agree with the implication, but it is an interesting question. 10 points for being gutsy at least.

Personally I think there is a need for Open Source products. Not because they add value (some do, most don’t) but because they keep the big boys honest. They are the software world’s equivalent to a “running game”; it may not always produce good results, but that doesn’t diminish its role.

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