I asked which company is the open source champion? Only 12% of you picked Google. (Canonical, which sponsors Ubuntu, was the winner with 29%.)
"With Android and Chrome we really are trying to do things differently that will be good for the world and good for technology in general and get a lot more innovation."
Hey, Larry, 1969 is on the phone. They want their rhetoric back.
Seriously, there seems to be a growing disconnect between how Google sees itself, vis a vis open source, and how the community (at least those who read ZDNet) view it.
I have written quite positively about Google in the past, yet there is a growing sense that they're just a technicolor Microsoft, led by a two-headed Bill Gates with better hair.
This is a problem. Question. Is there a solution?
Some might argue there is not. As a company grows in wealth and power Newton's Third Law takes over. There is an equal and opposite reaction.
Others might argue there are steps Google can take. Opening more key code to inspection, improving its license terms, maybe bringing back free dinners to the cafeteria. Take your pick.
Meanwhile, let's find out just how large this gap is.[poll id=90]