"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
"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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