"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
"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
"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
"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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