- Websphere vs. Domino
- Workplace vs. Notes
- Java vs. LotusScript
However, some people use the platform of debate as a platform for attacking. Even more ridiculously, many of these same people formed the basis of their attack from second-hand information rather than personal experience. A common tactic of this group is to use convenient half-truths and hypocrisy to land their blows. In surveying the Microsoft blogosphere I can't find anyone who routinely attacks IBM, Lotus, Notes or Domino. By contrast I read a number of Notes and Domino blogs that have at least one article a month bashing Microsoft or Exchange.
For example, a Google search on Ed Brill's blog shows 3660 posts containing "Lotus OR Domino". The same search of his site for "Microsoft OR Exchange" returns 3640 results. Granted this does include both main topics as well as responses, but it is still pretty incredible that it is as close as it is. I read blogs of IBM'ers to get more information on what Domino can do for me but this shows I'm hearing about Microsoft and Exchange as often as I am Lotus or Domino.
Ed isn't alone in his bashing of Microsoft and I don't mean to single him out, he's just the most visible. I could name half a dozen more bloggers of note in the Domino arena who routinely attack Microsoft. Interestingly enough, I can't find anyone associated with Microsoft who ever does the same with regards to Notes or Domino.
Peter de Haas does write about IBM fairly frequently, but his postings are more about integration pieces between Microsoft products and Notes and Domino, with very few focused on competitive situations and he rarely says anything negative about Domino. Alan Lepofsky is one of the few Domino bloggers who takes a similar approach. Even when he does tread into the area of criticizing Microsoft, Alan's approach is fair, insightful and based on hands-on experience.
I think I'm writing all this because I'm disappointed. I have been hoping that the Domino blogosphere would at least reduce the attacks to focus on Hannover and Domino Next. With Exchange 2007 and Vista coming closer to release, though, it seems that the Domino community would rather pull Microsoft down than focus on keeping IBM on track. We've been letting IBM slide with little in the way of substantive updates for a very long time. If you aren't outraged you haven't been paying attention.
Does anyone want to take the high road with me?