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OpenStack success proves commercial, open source aren't exclusive

Aug 02, 2011, 06:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"Historically, the open source community has been wary of projects that have been corporate-led, and that same history has often validated those fears. Sun Microsystems's acquisition by Oracle and the ongoing problems that have ensued for some of the open source projects that Sun once led (OpenOffice.org, Hudson, MySQL, and Java) have justified the notion that when a for-profit corporate entity has control of an open source project has control over a free or open source software project, you're just asking for trouble. Better, many argue, to contribute code and governance responsibilities to a non-profit foundation, where ultimately the code and other project works will be protected from being dominated by any one vendor.

"OpenStack's success and the behavior of its Rackspace parent definitely belie this notion, and raises an interesting question: can a single vendor successfully start and then lead an open source project? As far as OpenStack is concerned, all signs seem to be pointing to yes."

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