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NewsForge: Don't let closed source execs be the future of Open Source

Oct 09, 2000, 13:42 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Open Source looks and feels different than its proprietary counterparts in the high-tech industry. The phrase alone connotes a fresh style, and a casual, friendly approach, not only at the neighborhood users' group, but also in the office. Open Source people have an entirely different philosophy. It embraces information sharing and the notion that, when it comes to technology, we are a network of peers instead of a caste system in which only the intellectual elite get to play with the best toys."

"She still couldn't seem to get hold of Brian [Behlendorf], but said, "Bernie Mills, our vice president of marketing is here and approved this quote... Yuck! Sounded like a press release to me. I wrote back, "I'd be honored to have a quote from Bernie -- but does he really talk like that? What I mean is, I'd like to have the quote be as conversational as possible, you know, off the cuff." She answered, "Actually that is pretty close to how he talks."

"I'm still wondering about getting the cold shoulder. Could it really be that Collab.net won't talk to NewsForge simply because of a remote association with a competing entity? ... Or, perhaps it truly is that Brian just doesn't have time for the little people anymore. Sounds to me like, instead of trying to break the mold, some Open Source companies are climbing into it, declaring it a perfect fit. Business as usual?"

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