I fear many companies tip-toeing into the open source world expect this to be a one-way street. That is, you write stuff that I like and I'll take all the benefit, plus I'll control what you write at the same time.
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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.
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"This volume needs to be embraced and managed because it cannot be vanquished. And a tone must be set that allows future innovation to stimulate negotiation and not just confrontation."
Dave Duffield, one of the key people behind Peoplesoft is apparentlystarting a new business aimed at developing and supportinga new ERP/SCM package that mixes open source with traditional business methodsto compete with Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft
This may be an even better question. Is open source necessary in closing the digital divide?
In other words, buying a 32 way x460 and using Xen to partition that into eightvirtual four way boxes would cost about $200,000 more than a rack with eight four way serverswhile reducing your total potential performance by about a third
Every single one of the accounting and management services firms out there is goingto be looking for a deliverable package - an offering they can sell but not be sued over.
I've been meaning to mention Google's "Summer of Code" for some time. Google is sponsoring work on open source projects by paying students a $4,500 stipend to dig in and work on projects.
Bear in mind that the cell consists of an Altivec equiped PPC based main processorcontrolling an eight way on-board grid. Getting Linux and MacOS X to run on themain processor is apparently relatively easy, but getting beyond that to tapping thethe enormous potential offered by the grid correspondigly difficult.
The point is that we who report on the open source world, as well as those of you who live in it, have a natural impatience. We see the glass as half-empty all the time. But it's also half-full.
These numbers lead to an interesting question. Since "everyone knows" that Pentiums arefaster and cheaper than powerPC chips, how come they seem capable of only about two thirdsas much work even when run at a nearly a third more cycles per second?