Gosling: Apache the "Gold Standard"

I see James Gosling has written about the fact that he was not criticising Apache in the remarks that a VNU operative spun so poisonously recently. I believe the Apache Software Foundation to be the very best example of open source community practice and it seems James agrees:

I was not trying to say that all open source projects are chaotic: there is a spectrum. Apache is at the very high end of the scale, on average exhibiting excellent behaviour. Their governence rules are very effective. Apache and the Linux kernel set the Gold Standard.

James also says "I need to stop talking to reporters" and I have a lot of sympathy for that position, especially as it relates to British and Australian ones. As Humbert Wolfe wrote many years ago:

You cannot hope to bribe or twist
thank God! The British Journalist.
But, seeing what the man will do
unbribed, there's no occasion to.

I feel the same tension. Like James, when I am talking to folk about stuff I am passionate about, I adopt a conversational approach, assuming that I have a counterpart who is also wanting to get beneath the skin of the issues, search for insight, explore new ways of understanding. I assume that when I illustrate points or when I explain extremes that the context will come with the reportage.

And like James, I have got burned when the other party describes themselves as a journalist, where all that's going on is a tabloid cockroach is snuffling about for things they can make dirty and using the search for insight as a climbing frame. It's probably better to leave them to people who are just spouting party lines and save the insightful conversation for real seekers after truth - who, of late, I have found to often be those in the F/OSS movement. And I need to keep reminding myself never to believe reported speech.

Comments:

And of course there are those moments when journalists just take statements we make on the blogs and/or forums and put those out of context (as recently happened to Eric, Bryan, Alan and even myself). <p /> Unfortunately I see this getting a lot worse before it gets better :(.

Posted by fintanr on May 29, 2005 at 09:00 PM PDT #

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