Open source is fine, but it doesn't take a worldwide community to create a great operating system. Look at Ken Thompson creating Unix, Stephen Wolfram writing Mathematica in a summer, James Gosling in his office making Java. Now, there's nothing wrong with letting other people help, but open source doesn't assist the initial creative act. What we need now are great things. I don't need to see the source code. I just want a system that works.
>> Programming teams have
>> to be small to be effective. Most of the core work in OSS has been done by
>> small teams, and mostly individuals. Look at Perl (Larry Wall), Phyton
>> (Guido), TCL, Apache (NCSA team), GIMP (Mattis and Kimball - there was an
>> interview one of them were asked if they would do it again, one of them
>> said no), Samba (Tridgell and Allison), Linux (Torvalds), etc. Read
>> mythical man-months (1970s).
>This is ridiculous! Try saying that on a Linux Kernel ML and see what kind of
>response you get. The truth is, Kar Seng, a successful OSS project usually
>_starts_ with a small group or even one person. But, the power of OSS comes
Precisely my point.
>after the initial release is made. The bazaar _does_ work for precisely the
>examples you wrote above! Hello? Have you been keeping up to date?
No matter what the bazaar says or implies, programming is a highly skilled
systematic process that must be coordinated. OSS works because it attracts
self-motivated programmers. Their own motivation creates high standards in
their work, whereas in a company, the management decides on what u want to
do, but in OSS u decide on what u want to do. Since this is what u want to
do, u obviously must be motivated but necessary the case in a company.
The bazaar implies a process where many equal partners work on a program
simulataneously hammering out pieces of the code. The quote, "many eyeball
make bugs shallow", characterise the process, almost a darwinian
Creativity IMHO in the Open Source development to a large part is a function of the programmer's own motivation to do something better ! The curiosity to peek beneath the hood of an application, look at the code and see what bug one can fiux and what new function one can get it to perform !
If you ask me if the Bazaar in itself would breed creativity, my answer would be NO ! On the other hand, I would say that Open Source projects land up in the Bazaar,m almost all of them start small (1 or 2 hackers) and then grown to be subsumed to the Bazaar. It is at the nascent genesis stage that creativity comes into the picture in Open source ... after that it is the greater common good that takes precedence !
Now this is something straight out of the minds of one of those Socio-cultural theorists commenting on the influence of Blogs on modern life !
Tony Perkins of AlwaysOn fame has a posting inviting his readers to contribute to his next book which is Google
Note to members: AO members are encouraged to post their thoughts and reflections on what I write in this ongoing blog on Google. The goal is to work with AO members to write a book that gets published before Google goes public. If you have a really juicy scoop, please email it to email@example.com. This email will only be read by me, and I promise to keep whatever you send to me in complete confidence unless you advise otherwise. Those members who either post or e-mail me inside information that I end up using in the book will be listed as contributing editors in the Acknowledgements section of the book.
This is cool ! real cool - Just wondering if he would release his book under some kind of an Open Content license ?
There was something similar on Seth Godin's blog in Aug'03 - What should Google do now ?
Apple's iTune is without doubt one of the coolest things that hit the Computing world this year, but the article in TIME was an eye-opener on 2 fronts (quoting TIME):
For every 99¢ Apple gets from your credit card, 65¢ goes straight to the music label. Another quarter or so gets eaten up by distribution costs. At most, Jobs is left with a dime per track, so even $500 million in annual sales would add up to a paltry $50 million profit. Why even bother? "Because we're selling iPods," Jobs says, grinning
"They could sell an extra 2 million iPods because of this." And the margins on these devices make the Music Store's arithmetic look like child's play. Each $499 iPod returns as much as $175 in profit (ahem !! & thats like a cool cool 350 million USD in profits !)
& that's not all ...
If iTunes becomes the player of choice for PC users, it would be a blow for Microsoft's grander audio ambitions (iTunes does not support Windows Media format) — and may well unearth the hatchet that Jobs and Gates buried back in 1997
iTunes ==> iPod ==> The Multimedia platform for the new generation !!!
Microsoft - Quo Vadis ? Windows XP Media Center Edition probably looks like a White Elephant compared to Steve Job's smart move !
The New York Times comments on Novell's acquistion of SuSE Linux :
Already, Microsoft has felt the sting of Linux, which many corporations see as a reasonable and less expensive alternative to the Windows operating system. In only a few years, the program has gone from being a relatively obscure and largely unsupported program for technology enthusiasts to the fastest-growing operating system on the market, and it is acquiring some of Microsoft's traditional corporate customers
Novell, IBM, Oracle are but a few amongst the list of large software vendors who are displaying their overall optimism towards Linux ... The way things are going, after many years of hypothesis, 2004 might finally be the year of Linux !!!
The Open Source Community and Microsoft need to get along. Both sides see each other as enemies. Instead, they should not be called sides in the first place. Maybe open source should be renamed research, or something less of a contradictory business
Q. Why does the Open Source Community (atleast part of it, the rest of them dont really care) dislike Microsoft ?
A. Well, the answer is because it ain't Open Source !!! Someone once said buying and using a Closed source proprietary product is like buying a Car with its Hood welded shut !
Give me a _good_ product & I'll appreciate it ! I belong to the group who dislikes Microsoft, but that is because MSFT gives me products that are bug-filled and at a hefty price tag. Despite all my qualms about Microsoft I still state that MS Excel is the _best_ Spreadsheet application around. Even though I make do with OpenOffice Calc on my Debian Sid box @ work, I think Excel is way ahead of the rest. I cant say that about other Microsoft products !
Anyday I'd choose Linux to Windows, Apache to IIS, MySQL to MS SQL server
On the other hand, even if Microsoft had a better product would you open source guys use it? I know you guys like Linux, and I think you would use that if you could, but instead you guys use Macs. Is this because you want anything but Microsoft ?
The world is not enough ! That is what the folks at Google seem to be saying ! Check out the latest offering from the Google stable :
The Google Deskbar ==> Google 24/7 ... whether your browser is open or now. Sits (rather uglily for now) in the tasbar & lets you Google to glory ! The search results opens in a pop-up from the systray
Werblogs draw a comparision to Netscape's efforts to fight Microsoft's domination
A review of Fedora core 1 - the community Linux effort that was spun off by Red Hat from http://arstechnica.com :
Another criticism we hear is that Red Hat is deserting the desktop and concentrating on the enterprise, leaving the community that has built the company's reputation with just a shoddy consolation prize, Fedora. After using it throughout the beta cycle, we can say that would be true if it wasn't for one small problem ? Fedora rocks. Hard.
We found the release a breath of fresh air. Glancing at the Fedora mailing lists, one sees a vibrant and productive community, where such luminaries as Alan Cox answer support questions. We think that Red Hat's official withdrawal of technical support will not be missed much
Now isnt that nice to hear ! Good luck Fedora ... I'll drop by sometime into the Fedora Legacy list
However, I'm sticking my with Debian Sid for now :-)