Nice piece in The
on Simon Phipps
his keynote in London at LinuxWorld Expo.
Lots of bits about patents, anti-trust, Microsoft, Sun, the lawsuit,
"selling out," IBM, Red Hat, OpenOffice.org, the Sun Java Desktop
System, and the Solaris platform. Not many could tie all that together,
but that's what Simon does for a living.
The most interesting part for me was the warning:
Phipps delivered a
warning that developers should be prepared to fight
for the future of open source. After been ignored and laughed at by
detractors "we're at the fighting stage in the development of open
source," he said. He compared open source developers to trade guilds,
and warned they could be exploited by vendors who would "take code and
not give it back", or use open source technology to build brands rather
than thinking of the community. "Open source is all about communities.
Up until the point a product is supported it's just a hollow gesture by
a corporation to thrown code over wall," he said.
I wonder how the open source community will react to this. This implies
that a significant change is underway. Being ignored and laughed at is
one thing, but fighting is another thing altogether and requires a
different strategy. Oftentimes different leaders. In other words, in a
fight, everything could change. Interesting to see if this materializes.
the HP reference in the piece, too! Pretty funny. Not a good week for
our friends over at HP