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ONLamp: The State of Open Source

Jul 10, 2003, 23:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel H. Steinberg)

"The night that divides the two days of tutorials from the three-day conference at the fifth annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention is reserved for the States of the Union addresses. Luminaries from the open source communities of Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL, Apache, and Linux each spoke for just under a half hour to present their take on the current state of their technology and where it is headed.

"Larry Wall kicked off the evening with an entertaining look at what he called the Universal architectural diagram. Looking much like the court markings on one side of a tennis court, the diagram was filled in a variety of ways during a lightning session of political, cultural, religious, and geek references. In one version, the base of the rectangle was Parrot and the three vertical rectangles that sat on top of it were filled with languages that would run on this single engine. The left rectangle held Perl 5, the middle Perl 6, and the right contained a large list of languages that included PHP, Ruby, Python, BASIC, Scheme, COBOL, and Java. Wall explained that currently only BASIC is supported and wondered if this larger goal is really impossible..."

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