InfoWorld just released an excellent "roundtable" series on open source with a range of open-source thought leaders (including me) weighing in on the future of open source, competition for open source, and whether all the open-source infighting actually does more good than harm.
On competition with proprietary software companies, I suggested the following:For the moment, I just want to see Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM develop their own vibrant corners of the open source universe. I want them at the table as full participants. This will require them to change some aspects of their business, but I think they'd find them revelatory rather than ruinous. These are some of the smartest companies on the planet. I'd love to see the open source communities they could create, if they but wanted to do so.