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ONLamp: OSCon 2003 Wrap-Up

Jul 15, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"The tone at the 2003 O'Reilly Open Source Convention was one of business-like confidence. I sensed much less of the demonstrative posturing that I noticed at earlier conferences, where many people felt that they had to prove themselves as well as their projects' viability. The free software movement has made it by now. Just look how the trade and mainstream press has covered the story of the SCO lawsuit. A few years ago, all the buzz would have asked what the suit meant for IBM, but now everybody's more concerned about Linux.

"And with this mainstreaming comes responsibility. Developers, system integrators, and other professionals are acutely conscious of the millions of people who depend directly on Open Software. The time has come not for manifestos but for the unflagging work of keeping the systems at peak operation.

"One corollary of this sense, I believe, is a silent acceptance by now that the world of proprietary software is deeply entwined with Open Source. This entwinement has been going on from the beginning, whether one considers the popularity of Cygwin tools or the many free software bindings for proprietary databases..."

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