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InfoWorld: Valley of Open Source?

Jul 10, 2006, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])

The Valley Really, Really Wants Open Source Location to Matter

"I'm not sure what it is, but Silicon Valley so desperately wants to be the center of everything, that sometimes it has to resort to myths to keep itself there. Where? Exactly. That's the question. It's a question I didn't think could be all that controversial when I said it at OSBC London, but now that it has been slashdotted, I guess it's officially a Big Deal. For 3.5 seconds.

"Dana had a good response to my post about Europe remaining the center of open source. Now a few others have jumped on the bandwagon, and their critiques aren't quite as salient..."

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The Open Source Location Question Redux: The Valley Ecosystem

"Matt's post The Valley really, really wants open source location to matter seemed to touch a nerve (it also triggered a bizarre amount of comment spam, sorry for delays in posting.) That post was originally based on the notion he was pushing at OSBC in regards to European OSS companies moving to the Valley. After a fair amount of thought, I decided that I disagree. I think that with the exception of higher rents and wages there are slim-to-zero negatives to being in the valley. And the truth of the matter is that you have to have resources pretty much everywhere on the planet anyway. I do agree that a number of great projects are coming out of Europe (Xen, Mule, Spring) but I think that European investors haven't grasped the business of open source yet. But maybe that's the whole point..."

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