O'Reilly: Open Source Visibility
Oct 09, 2002, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Langham)
"The past few weeks have seen me out and about visiting various
large companies here in Germany and talking about the open source
work we do (mostly to do with Apache Cocoon and related projects).
Working in this area has given me some interesting insights into
the relationships between customers and 'suppliers' (meaning
software companies like ourselves).
"Two years ago when we started on this interesting journey, we
were faced with having to argue why we use and work on open source
software: 'if it's free then it can't be any good'. Now, we are
often met with the comment of 'oh, we use that here as well'. So
the times have definitely changed.
"On the other hand it still surprises me, how low the profile of
open source solutions such as Cocoon actually is. Once you get the
possibility of actually being able to speak on and demonstrate what
these open source projects are capable of, you can really see the
wheels starting to turn in the heads of the people attending. But
it's getting 'in' that is really still the problem..."