Microsoft's supposed open-source guru Sam Ramji has asked open-source vendors to focus on "value" instead of "cost"
with respect to competition with Microsoft products. This is especially funny given the Redmond giant's recent "Apple Tax
" message. "While I'm sure Ramji meant well, I'm equally certain that Microsoft would like nothing more than to not be reminded of how expensive its products can be compared with open-source solutions. After all, Microsoft was the company that turned the software industry on its head by introducing lower-cost solutions years ago to undermine the Unix businesses of IBM and Hewlett-Packard, and the database businesses of Oracle and IBM."