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The future is wide open

Jan 13, 2010, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kit Plummer)

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"Here we are, at the front of a new year and decade. For open source software, the refined fuel that has enabled many of the incredible information technology happenings of the previous decade, the future is, well, wide open.

"The rising tide of cloud computing combined with shifting strategies in the enterprise space will surely bring much excitement to the open source arena and the players within. Rather than reflect, or predict on the future state of open source, I'd like to take an opportunity to make a few requests to maintain the success of open source.

"I am hopeful for a period of concentration and not necessarily consolidation. Let's face it, open source contributors do not always make good custodians. We are generally "shiny object" chasing individuals, and when bound in collective, it is very difficult for us to look backwards-or even to think in terms of "product".

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