I was plunged forcefully into an earlier time, into another century. Yes, it was the 20th. But I could only exchange information by talking to people, on the phone. My grasp of information was limited to newspapers and TV. (OK, cable.) I was starving.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
The link between cooperation and competition, sometimes called coopitition, is a controversial one in the open source world.
Most conflicts within the open source community, especially conflicts that appear to be about licensing, are really about the question of just how deep shared standards should go. It's about the placement of a border between what is shared and what is not, what's behind a fence and what's the frontier.
Specifications are something like a business plan. You need them. But if you tie yourself too closely to them then you are going to fail.
Do we need it? Is a replacement browser the way forward for Web 2.0 applications? Should blogging be done inside your Web client, or is that something for a server? Is this trip really necessary?
Consensus has a bad habit of breaking down when money gets into the mix. Contracts are one replacement principle. Democracy is another. Power is a third. But none of these alternate values deliver what consensus delivers.
The new business cycle is based on training. Technology is acquired, but it isn't adapted for use until buyers feel pressure to raise productivity. It takes time to learn, and a commitment that arises best out of need.
Code is not speech. It's property. That's what the law says, anyhow.
For a consumer with a PC or two, the costs of Windows now includes some management services, and support. Even for a small network manager there are education and training costs to be paid up-front, plus the possibility of big-ticket service calls down the line.
Cut through the PR-speak and it reads to me like concern, caution, watch it. Oracle could always buy mySQL, too.