Although the author's advocacy point of view, at the core meaning, is valid, the argument/concern is not new nor unique to the industry. CP/M vs. DOS, DOS vs. Windows, MacOS vs. Windows, UNIX vs. NetWare, NetWare vs. NT, Ford vs. Chevy, Linux vs. [whatever]. Give it time and another OS war will take place. And they will continue until such a time that technical decisions are made based on the strengths of technical products, not the power of the marketing department.
The important point in the argument is that the people that are the most qualified to make the decisions about IT are not allowed to make the decisions about IT. The most frustrating aspect about working in IT is that people who carry the certifications, have the experience, and are brilliant at applying technology to problems are the first people requested to move boxes and un-jam printers. No matter how valid the argument and concern, the IT decisions will not rest on the qualified until people realize that IT professionals are not the new class of typewritter repair people.
Re: KDE and Debian Again
Interesting quote from the GNU licenses page:
"However, if you have written a program that uses Qt, and you want to release your program under the GNU GPL, you can easily do that."
Doesn't this end the entire argument?