Monday, May 18, 2009

The Right Way To Think About Open Source

"There are two types of users - those who are ready to spend a lot of time in order to save money, and those who are ready to spend a lot of money in order to save time.”

- MÃ¥rten Mickos, CEO MySQL

This captures the true essence of the two poles of open source. I would say that most individuals are not on the extreme ends, but are someplace in the middle. Open source is a continuum. The definition of open source 25+ years ago was Bill Joy sending around BSD tapes of the source. Open source continues to evolve. Those who think open source simply means, "this is how we do our development" are short-changing what is really occurring. For those who are heading out to JavaONE, I would strongly encourage you to swing by the Moscone Center on Monday the 5th to truly see what is going on in open source by attending CommunityOne.

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