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LWN: Eric Raymond Interview

Dec 13, 2000, 00:59 (9 Talkback[s])
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"This interview took place on November 30 at Linux Conference 2000 Fall, which was held from November 29 to December 1 at Kyoto International Conference Hall, Kyoto, Japan. The event was sponsored by Japan Linux Association and held with the Perl/Ruby Conference by O'Reilly Japan. We would like to thank Eric Raymond, Takaaki Higuchi, Tomoko Yoshida, Mayuko Yoshida, and people at JLA who helped realize this interview -- Thank you very much!"

"Now I would like to look back what happened this year. What do you think were the good news this year in regard to open source?"

"ESR: Well I can think of a couple of pieces of news that I think are of importance. The first one that occurred to me was when it was revealed that Andy Hertzfeld and the rest of the original Macintosh interface designers were going to work explicitly on producing an end user interface, GUI, for Linux. That was spectacular news."

"Another piece of spectacular news was the announcement that StarOffice was going to be open source as OpenOffice. It's important because it's going to take a productivity suite with features comparable to Microsoft Office to make Linux truly competitive on the desktop, and Open Office is a very large step towards that."

"And the third piece of really terrific news, which has I think received much less notice than it should have. And that is the fact that at IBM, it is now the policy of that company, announced by its president, that every new piece of software written at IBM must be issued under an open source license, unless the development managers can make a specific business case why that should not be. So, that's a sign of the fact that IBM has put itself solidly in the open source camp."

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