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Upside: The Great Open Source Debate wages on

Sep 29, 2000, 00:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"...[at the] Embedded Systems Conference West, the industry trade show in San Jose, Calif. The biggest news event was the Great Open Source Debate, during which two teams squared off to debate the merits of proprietary vs. open source development in the embedded systems realm. Involved in the debate were Michael Tiemann, chief technology officer for Red Hat, John Fogelin, VP of technology at Wind River Systems (WIND), Bill Gatliff, a freelance embedded developer and Steven Stolper, system software manager at Silicon Spice."

"The debate, which is documented in its entirety on the LinuxDevices website, began with Red Hat's Tiemann describing the open source development process as "revolutionary" and irreversible. "Open source has fueled an unheralded process of collaborative innovation," he said. "No technology propagates as quickly as open source technology."

"Sticking up for the proprietary side was Wind River's Fogelin, who described open source as less cause and more symptom of the changes gripping the embedded systems market. "I agree that the embedded industry is undergoing a massive discontinuity -- but not due to operating systems -- rather, due to the Internet," Fogelin said."

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