I’ve got a quick trigger finger
May 21, 2008
“if you are wondering about Linux, we will have to disappoint you: DisplayLink is very cautious about its intellectual property, which means that it can’t open source most of its code. Don’t expect Linux support anytime soon.”
With a response that any Jeopardy contestant would be proud of, I jumped to another page on another site; I actually felt enough guilt to go back and read the rest of the sentence to make sure I wasn’t erroneously coming to some inaccurate conclusion. I didn’t, so I moved on.
Much like the entertainment industry is slowly and inevitably coming to grips with the expectations of their core consumers (awareness scheduled for roughly the same time as world peace), so too will the I.T. industry. It was scary how quickly the NOT_INTERESTED variable was set and how automatic it was, how natural it was.
Vendors need to beware: Intellectual Property gains, once thought to be a Competitive Advantage, will continually over time become a negative branding attribute. Any benefit of DisplayLink’s USB connectivity leadership was immediately overridden with the detriment of their policies.