PeopleSoft: .Net is IT ‘asbestos’
What an interesting analogy. His point is that .NET is a “bad thing” because it assumes that code will be executed by PC's. He goes on to say that “Running enterprise software on a PC is a known bad thing. It's like asbestos. .Net is a home formula to make your own asbestos. PeopleSoft is absolutely convinced enterprise software should not be resident on PCs.”
Now, I'm tempted to say that the strategy to move to Linux is probably good, but not because it keeps the enterprise software off of PC's. It would be more accurate to say that it's because they believe the Linux operating system is more robust and stable than the Windows variants (Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2000 Server, etc.). Which is probably an accurate statement. At the very least, it's more difficult to cause instability in Linux; Microsoft makes it remarkably easy to shoot yourself in the foot, but a good SysAdmin can make even Windows run reliably.
I suspect that Conway was trying to avoid getting into a religious debate over operating systems, but it sounds to me like he stepped right in it, and came out smelling disingenuous.