These open-source programs represent an unconventional challenge for Microsoft, Granneman says. For one thing, there's no competing company it can sue or buy out. Open source "is a movement, an idea. It's a social concept," he says.
That's quite an angle for the mainstream press to be noting. They then go on to talk about OpenOffice and all the governments who are moving to it.
The idea that open source projects present a challenge to Microsoft's regular business approach is spot on to me. It's just not "competition as usual".
Quite right, Tedster. It does seem that the mainstream press is "getting it" more often these days... though definitely not every time... rather than just spouting the FUD that Microsoft et al feed them. Firefox has helped immensely in that respect. The entire open source concept is getting a much-needed boost from Firefox' growing popularity (not to mention its solid user experience).
There are now somewhere between 40 and 60 million people in the world using a Gecko-based open source browser... which is just huge.