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Doug Cutting talks about Hadoop, and open source

Aug 02, 2011, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"How did you get to Open Source?

Cutting: After close to 15 years in the software business, I had a piece of software that I'd written on my own time, figuring that I would commercialize it. That was Lucene. I wasn't very interested in building a business. Negotiating license fees and paperwork around that was stuff that I didn't enjoy. What I really wanted was for people to use the software, which was a theme I found through my career.

I had been involved with Excite in the 90s. I'd gotten to the point where I spent many years writing software there and the software was gone from the Earth for all practical purposes. The company went bankrupt and all the software was swallowed into some intellectual property black hole.

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