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January 14, 2012



Hi alan,

I really wondering if you were suggesting that Microsoft (Steve Balmer) were sabotaging Nokia/Symbian/QT because it's try to be open source? and also suing Android for the same cause?

Welcome back...

Alan Moore

It was Ballmer raging against open source - well, open everything. He is saying that he sees the world through a particular lens, a way of operating. He is saying you are with us, closed patent systems, OR against us open source, building on the work of others, Linux, networked world.

Whereas I argue, (and its a principle of NO Straight Lines) that openness is resilience, openness creates and stimulates economies and organisational capability it allows for adaptation.

If you can't see that possibility as Ballmer did not he will make strategic choices for Micosoft that ultimately would hurt the company.

Alan Moore

And thx for the welcome!


Hi alan,

Thank you for answering.

Actually, I'd written a comment on this blog almost a year ago when Elop announcing a strategic partnership with Microsoft. Tomi wrote, I paraphrase, that Elop for nokia best could ask Microsoft that QT should be ported to WP... I wrote that for MS QT as open source is a virus. At that time, I have no idea that Balmer saying in public that Linux is communist.... May I know when Ballmer say this?? Thank you.

Another thing is, I use linux on daily basis because i'm a computer enthusiast (and now mobile devices enthusiast). I love the easy of use, no serial number for installation, etc. But I never hear from any one that were categorize as professional (or even visionary) suggesting that openness (open source??) could stimulates economies. IMHO microsoft is a dinosaur that were on the line of extinction. But, so far, when I read article from (American) journalist, they always quote open source is a flux and is dying. So I was wondering, if you talk about this in your book maybe with number, statistic, etc?


Tomi T Ahonen

Congratulations Alan!

Welcome back and what a fantastic book, on quick view this seems even stronger than your second book, Social Media Marketing, and clearly Alan you are constructing a whole new philosophy for the business environment for the future. I will post some quick thoughts in a couple of days and a full book review when I have read the book. Not surprisingly, even as I know a lot of the story you tell, this book is so packed with insights and significant observations that (just like CDB) it can't be read in one sitting haha..

And hey, people commenting here, lets try to keep to Alan's book themes, ok? Alan you can see the blog is very much now focused on mobile and its current hot theme: smartphones.

Congrats Alan, really! A new book is always great cause to celebrate

Tomi Ahonen :-)

Alan Moore

This is the book / project I have poured all of my effort and passion into Tomi.

Alan Moore

Hi cycnus,

Open source is not dying - I don't have a stat to hand - but IBM and others run on open source Linux, there are movements dedicated to building open source - as well as the concept of open networked collaboration that I explore in No Straight Lines.



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