Monocultures in markets

Thoughtful piece from Jon Udell on monocultures in markets elicited thoughtful responses:

You can’t turn Windows’ installed base on a dime, but you can turn it eventually. In four or five years, the true nature of the struggle between the methodologies of Microsoft and the open source community may finally begin to emerge. My hunch is that both strategies will produce reliable and secure software, and that competition between them will benefit everyone. Neither strategy will deliver perfect security, of course, because no such thing exists. We’ll always be assessing risks and making trade-offs. []

Last week’s column provoked more than the usual number of responses. Here are some of them.

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Monoculture, competition, and security

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