May 18, 2009, 1:07 pm
In open source or in product development generally, one of the biggest mistakes is to take on a deeply entrenched incumbent on its own turf. Almost inevitably, if you play someone else’s game, even if you’re a little cheaper/faster/better, you’re going to lose. Inertia favors the incumbent, and there’s a whole lot of inertia involved in switching vendors.
For this reason, I agree wholeheartedly with Bill Weinberg’s suggestion that Linux’s opportunity in Netbooks is to focus on the mobile side of the market, rather than bringing a traditional, personal computer bent to the market…
Follow me on Twitter @mjasay.