Seen in this light, the software industry's adversity toward open source is largely a figment of marketing. In reality, the two share a symbiotic relationship. The ongoing conflict between them, like the Cold War, is a wasteful exercise that diverts untold resources away from worthwhile goals, such as fighting disease, bridging the digital divide, and improving quality of life.
In this software cold war, there are two sides. One represents entrepreneurship, cooperation, and the free exchange of ideas and resources. The other is a totalitarian monoculture that does everything in its power to keep customers under its control. This, too, resembles the real Cold War -- and we know how that conflict ended.
With its dogged defense against SCO, IBM has proven that open source will continue no matter how many legal hurdles are thrown in its path. Microsoft should take the hint. It's time for détente.