Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Sane XBox GNU/Linux strategy It's ironic that a proprietary software maker (Microsoft) uses GNU/Linux better than a hardware company (Sony) to increase the value of its offering. XBox owners can play against each other using a GNU/Linux application that links multiple consoles. This increases the value of the XBox so Microsoft won't try to kill it (until they roll out their own networking service). Compare this to Sony, who is engaging in legal action against their most loyal Aibo ($850) customers. Instead of focusing on maximizing the value of their product, Sony is obsessed with controlling it completely. Free Aibo software increases the value of the Aibo at no cost to Sony. Trying to shut it down shows how utterly out of touch they are.


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