Deja Vu

Interesting reading clippings this week and noting how many people seem to have been reading from my keynotes - stuff I have been saying for a year or more is finally showing up in what others are saying. Here's a news review.

As forecast, it seems Microsoft are getting ready to embrace & extend Linux - meanwhile, perhaps to avoid that old Redmond bear-hug Scott Handy of IBM seems to have finally realised that open source is about more than just Linux - time to open up DB2 and WebSphere, guys, charging for licenses is so last-millennium. He's also discovered (perhaps from reading the Australian government's open source procurement guide) that Linux is not free and that the experts who package it and make it work actually cost something to employ. Next he'll be advising people to use non-Intel chips for high-end tasks - oh, wait...

At the new-order end of the world Marten Mickos of MySQL ("the JetBlue of Databases", that has a nice ring to it - I hope they don't charge per-CPU) has been talking about how it's possible to make money with open source software, although he's not articulating a clear general model yet (such as: "communities of artisans maintain a commons that they use to create wealth, in the process enriching the commons"). He probably has his reasons.

On another tack, Adam Bosworth is realising that 'web services' in the WS-I sense is a ploy by the old order to inject complexity into SOAs to distract people from the simplicity of REST and the necessity for standards on payloads as well as envelopes. What next - ebXML from Google? Good to have Adam in the Loyal Opposition though.

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