Here's a good topic for debate as we approach Independence Day. As I was doing my morning reading, I came across a link to an interview with Eric S.
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We were talking the other day about how, when a company opens its code up to enhancement by others it needs to be prepared for the Law of Unintended Consequences.Well you might designate this as Prosecution Exhibit B.
As cellular carriers gained more of the market, with their faster "broadband" offerings they threatened the basic end-to-end concept. Now the first crack has appeared in that wall.
Ever since the Web was spun users have been taking what they were given, adding to it, enhancing it, and creating value.
Oracle likes to hire people in their late twenties or early thirties who combineattitude with some sales skills, but do you know anyone in that age bracketwho doesn't work for Oracle and nevertheless favors the company's databaseproducts? I don't.
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.
"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