Interesting developments keep happening in the Open Source world. "Oracle's Open-Source Shopping Spree" says that Oracle is negotiating to purchase the JBoss Group (JBoss Application Server), Zend (PHP), and Sleepy Cat (database). The acquisition is already announced on the Sleepy Cat page.
As I was looking over the keynote speakers for the OSBC conference next week, I was reminded once again of an interesting dichotomy in the open source community. The Who's Who of Open Source is often radically different depending on if you are looking at it from the business perspective or from the developer perspective. Sure, you have some of the really big names that will be known across the board such as Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, Eric Raymond, etc. But these are really some of the early pioneers that really launched the whole OSS ship. How many higher ups in companies are throwing around names like James Duncan Davidson, Craig McClanahan, James Strachan, Erik Hatcher, Jason Hunter, etc? How many OSS developers and users are waiting for the next revelation from... well pick an OSBC keynote speaker.
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