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What I told the Apache Foundation

All I am doing is offering a little reporting perspective on recent Apache successes, which have been many.
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Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on

Sorry I am not at the office right now, please leave a message at the beep.

Instead I'm downtown, keynoting The Apache Foundation conference in downtown Atlanta.

I'm reminded that when the radio show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me played Oklahoma City recently, their celebrity spot was filled by Delmar Smith, whose main claim to fame has been working at rodeos since the days of Gene Autry.

Hi, I'm Dana, and I'll be your rodeo clown this morning.

I've been reporting online from Atlanta since 1985, which in Internet time probably makes me Methuselah's great-grandfather.

So all I'm really offering is a little reporting perspective on Apache's recent successes. These have been many.

  • Business communities are in these days, and Apache was among the first.
  • Google loves the Apache license. This is a mixed blessing for Google.
  • Open source is not communism. It's shared infrastructure. I even have a picture of Henry Clay to show the people.
  • Europe loves open source, and open source should love Europe back.
  • Open source profits go to users and developers, not Wall Street. Wall Street does not like this. Too bad.

Hopefully I will get some push back on these points and get a dialog started. This will teach me some things I don't know, and there remain many, many things I don't know.

As the talkbacks here remind me every day.

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