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NewsForge: Here and now with the sober-minded Sander Vesik

Nov 18, 2000, 08:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bresnick)

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"While corresponding recently with Sander Vesik, OpenOffice release engineer based in Dublin, it occurred to me that here in the United States we like to spice up our scenarios with a handful of hype. Leave our land and look back or speak candidly with a foreigner and see the truth is that America is like the young alien CEO, brought in to give the age-old enterprise a boost, an edge."

"We know relatively little about history, about tradition, because, compared with the rest of the world, we have none. Our youth fosters excitement, and enthusiasm carries us up the ladder. In turn we endure relative banalities with the intensity of adolescence."

"In one window I was reading about Americans scurrying to make their wishes known in this most bizarre of presidential elections and in the other I was put at ease by the calm responses of Vesik, an Estonian-born software engineer. Even as gatekeeper for the software that may bring, at last, the 'Open Source revolution' to the masses, he is not agitated. In fact, like a weathered leader presiding over a hard-fought victory in what is expected to be a lengthy war, he is not all agog about Open Source at all."

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