LXer: How to Misunderstand the Current Impact of Open Source Software
Feb 19, 2006, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Back in 2003, Dave Park of Apple Computer asked me to help the
company create a MS Exchange replacement. Dave's team had won some
HPC cluster bids and Apple was thinking about an enterprise
strategy. On one of my interviews, a hiring manager told me that
Apple didn't get open source and that they had a difficult time
interfacing with the community.
"Apple's team wanted to work with mature projects where an OEM
relationship manager could make deals, answer questions and sign
contracts. They liked Apache and JBoss. So, Apple simply avoided
any project that didn't have someone with such a position..."