O'Reilly: The Open Source Paradigm Shift
Jun 28, 2004, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"My premise is that free and open source developers are in much
the same position today that IBM was in 1981 when it changed the
rules of the computer industry, but failed to understand the
consequences of the change, allowing others to reap the benefits.
Most existing proprietary software vendors are no better off,
playing by the old rules while the new rules are reshaping the
industry around them.
"I have a simple test that I use in my talks to see if my
audience of computer industry professionals is thinking with the
old paradigm or the new. 'How many of you use Linux?' I ask.
Depending on the venue, 20-80% of the audience might raise its
hands. 'How many of you use Google?' Every hand in the room goes
up. And the light begins to dawn..."