One well-known issue with Open Source is the so-called "Dependency Hell" problem.
High Mobley nicely outlined the business case for open source last week, and not surprisingly his words generated some pretty heated comments. The open source vs. proprietary issue always brings out passionate debate on both sides.
As we come up on the one year anniversary of the Open Logic Expert Community (OXC), I've been thinking about what's going well and what we can improve on. The program itself is going really well. What's not going well is the misconception some people have that we are only giving away trinkets!
Red Hat announced its Red Hat Exchange program last week. (Coincidentally, the abbreviation for the program—RHX—reminds me of the OXC abbreviation used for our OpenLogic Expert Community program.) They've already signed up a number of open source vendors and are offering those vendors’ open source applications as part of the Red Hat Network. By consolidating sourcing and support for the Linux operating system and a number of applications on top of it, Red Hat is hoping to make it that much easier for Global 2000 companies to use open source software in a production environment.
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