Have you ever heard the term "disruptive technology"? Author Clayton M. Christensen coined the term in his book "The Innovator's Dilemma." Basically,
disruptive technology is technology that's inferior to the status quo but good enough to win market share over time. Put simply, disruptive technology
is "good enough." Recently, an open-source advocate referred to Linux as a disruptive technology, obviously believing that the OS is destined to
defeat Windows. That idea got me thinking: Using more complex criteria than the simple definition above, I believe Linux needs to fulfill the
following goals to qualify as disruptive technology: - Linux must have innovative features, valued initially by new customers, which will eventually
form a competitive advantage. - Linux must be cheaper, simpler, smaller, and more convenient to use than the competition (i.e., Windows). - Linux must
offer potential adopters a new and different value proposition.
February 26, 2003