Last week at OSBC, OpenLogic hosted a panel of open source end users on the topic of Risks and Rewards: How Enterprises are Adopting and Managing Open Source. Stormy Peters moderated the session where enterprise visionaries shared advice on creating open source policies and managing open source risks. Their universal advice is that enterprises should treat open source software just like proprietary software. Here’s a taste of what they said.
The question I am trying to answer is "if someone does something because they love it, you start paying them to do what they love, will they stop doing it when you stop paying them?"
I’ve never used a gun before, but I’m told that the first rule of gun safety is to never point a loaded gun at anyone. This “safety rule” came to mind recently as I watched the fallout from Microsoft’s claim in Roger Parloff's Fortune article that they hold 235 patents that are violated by Linux and open source software.
I read William Hurley's post on giving back to the open source community. He makes a good point.
Developers that work on open source software typically have day jobs that pay pretty well. So they work on open source software for free and write code during the day for big bucks.
I've heard lots of people say that you value things more if you pay for them. I think that's changing for internet technologies and open source software. I can see how you would value something traditional more if you pay for it - instead of being free and therefore worth nothing and easily replaceable, it's was worth your hard earned money. It's the same principle that keeps people's closets full of junk - they paid for it, it's worth money and therefore they can't throw it away. It might cost them money to replace! But technology is different.
Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL, talked about how freedom leads to success. He's referring to freedom as opportunity - so eBay brings freedom to trade - anybody can trade with anyone. I didn't get some of his examples like how IKEA brings freedom to furnishings. New style, sure. Freedom?
I checked out of my hotel early and hurried over to the Palace Hotel to listen to Rob Curley talk about open source and journalism. At first I was disappointed because it was just all about using open source as the infrastructure for the computers they were using. Then it got more interesting ... and lived up to my expectations.
Today I went to a panel that was a "non-bloggable event." I'm not sure what it means to be a non-bloggable event and I'm not sure someone can tell me that I can't blog about an event I attend but I do understand that they were trying to make it a more interesting talk by making the speakers feel more at ease. I bet none of the speakers really felt more at ease but they did make some very interesting comments. Although I won't say what they were, I will say that I am now waiting for a patent (or anti-patent?) move from the open source community!
The Downloads to Dollars panel was moderated by Larry Augustin and the panelists were from XenSource, Vyatta, Eloqua and OpenSpan. (And one of them used a lot of JBoss stories.)
If you are at the Open Source Business Conference, stop by to say hi!
We've been using a proprietary web conferencing tool for our webinars because none of the open source ones meet all of our needs. The big problem with the proprietary ones is that you have to use their proprietary player to play back the webinar. We've been debating giving up some of the features we use (like polling, multiple moderators, etc) in order to just go to an open source tool with open formats but it's hard to give features up. (By the way, if you know of a tool or are interested in enhancing one of the existing ones, let me know!) Up until recently using a proprietary tool was more of annoyance than a problem ... then came our talk last week.
One of the things that has always fascinated me is how people do not understand why developers write code for free. I can't tell you how many people I've explained open source software to - only to have them get stuck on the "yes, but why are these guys writing this software? Don't they have anything better to do?" I explain that they write the software:
This was my first JavaOne. At first I was amazed at the spectacle of it all. Logistically there's a lot going on. When I signed in I was sent to about 6 different locations before I had all of my credentials and gear. Despite the bumps it's the place to be if you're in the Java world. OpenLogic had a booth at the event and it was very wise for us to be there. The booth was always hoppin' with attendees that wanted to know more about what we do.
Rich Green, a Sun VP, says that the open source model is unsustainable and that we are stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Maybe he should study the open source model and the motivation behind open source software before he stands up in front of thousands and claims Sun is going to save the poor open source developers. It's kind of like saying that you're going to save all the poor freezing polar bears by sending them some blankets.
I got an invitation to yet another social networking site, Dopplr. This one is focused around travel. You enter your trips and you can see if any of your friends are going to be there. So, for example, I can tell that Nat Torkington and Tim O'Reilly are going to be in Portland in July at the same time I will be there for OSCON. That one probably isn't a great surprise as I would have expected to see them both at OSCON! However, for other shows, it will be fun to see in advance who will be there without having to send out a mass mailing.
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