Open Source and commercial interest can be odd bedfellows. The former depends of course on transparency and high access to thrive, while the latter tends to fall back on secrecy just to survive. Detractors of Open Source will even claim that there’s no such thing as a successful open source project, especially a profitable venture.
There are certainly exceptions to that broad allegation. Red Hat is an oft-cited one. So was MySQL even before (and likely the reason) Oracle snapped it up. And the list definitely doesn’t stop there (read the comments after this linked article). Continue reading
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It’s funny the turns Life takes.
I started programming in the eartly 1980s, on Timex Sinclair, Commodore 64 and TRS-80 computers in short order. In those wild days when high-level languages were really coming into their own, free and open source software seemed more readily available than retail equivalents. Hobbyist magazines, online bulletin boards and even the fledgling internet (pre WWW) were stuffed with code just waiting for eager learners like me to take and tweak. There wasn’t much in the way of formal free and open source protocol at the time– that evolved soon enough though.
But as I evolved myself, from hobbyist to ad hoc developer for various employers, I found myself drawn in deeper and deeper to the closed source world. I discovered I had a liking and knack for Visual Basic and thus fell into the Microsoft development vortex.
It’s a seductive and powerful sucker, too. It was all too easy to be “bought off” by events with (ironically) free training, free food and even giveaways of free software. I ultimately joined a Microsoft program that dumped thousands of dollars of tools in my lap for an embarrassingly small outlay. Resistance was futile.
Yep, I was assimilated.
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