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Shut Up About Open Source 'Ulterior Motives' Already

It's surprising to hear rumors about companies joining open source out of nasty, ulterior motives. These rumors were even circulating at the recent Open Compute Project Summit, where they ought to know better. The rumors are true -- every time. Profit and enlightened self-interest are what open source is all about.

brooks7 3/15/2016 | 11:48:41 AM
Re: Weird There is a huge difference between Open Source and a Standard though.

A Standard Body, generally, has voting based on membership of some sort.  OS project has direction set by those in charge.  If you contribute a lot of code, you can point things in a certain way a bit.  But you don't get to be on leadership just because you showed up 3 years in to the project.  

On top of that if folks get unhappy, they can just start a new OS project.  It will likely do well with all the past relationships built.



mendyk 3/15/2016 | 11:08:50 AM
Re: Weird A big part of this disconnect is the utopian view held by some that complete standardization is the ideal. It's hard to reconcile this mindset with the reality that advancement comes through innovation, which by definition is taking things beyond standardization.
Sterling Perrin 3/15/2016 | 10:37:35 AM
Re: Weird jbtombes-

You make a good point. The model of the standards group is changing with open source but the political dynamics are the same. Historically, there have always been two types of complaints when a big vendor comes into a standards group:

1. they want to steer the standard in the direction of their own technologies and products. (From the video post, I believe Mitch is saying this is basic procedure and to be expected in any standards development)

2. they want to stall and derail the standard so that it never comes to fruition. (This is not directly addressed in the post, but I'd say this type of motive is beyond the bounds of fair play whether it is open source, or IETF, ITU, etc. This type of complaint has also been around as long as I've been in telecom.)

jbtombes 3/14/2016 | 2:36:48 PM
Re: Weird Seems no different from 'politics' surrounding any standards committee work. (BTW - Is there some post missing below? Not quite following the logic.)
[email protected] 3/14/2016 | 12:41:30 PM
Re: Weird well that's one post in this thread I agree with, at least.
mendyk 3/14/2016 | 11:19:02 AM
Re: Weird Not to mention the sad state of message-board postings.
sowen557 3/14/2016 | 9:12:21 AM
Re: Weird Reflection of the sad state "Journalist" today have become.
bigkoala450 3/13/2016 | 4:18:32 PM
Weird Reaction of this journalist was weird. I can understad that his got a diffrent opinion, but I think it was unnecessary.
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