Mar 31, 2004 (11:03 AM EST)
A Joke Which May Actually Have Very Little To Do With Linux
Read the Original Article at InformationWeek
A vendor is trying to sell an IT manager on buying new software. "The upgrade will be perfectly transparent to your users!" says the vendor.
"Yeah," says the IT manager, "just like helicopter blades before you walk into them."
What's the open source connection? One of the most significant benefits of open source is that you, the user, upgrade what you want when it's best for your business, not when it's best for the vendor's business.
Next week: Linux Knock-Knock Jokes.
In an interview with InformationWeek, Linus Torvalds predicts that databases, like MySQL, and desktop software, will be part of the next wave of success for open source software, building on the success of Linux and Apache. Linus also discusses the potential for problems that can arise when commercial companies are responsible for an open source package:
InformationWeek: JBoss and MySQL are the names of open-source platforms and of companies that help develop and then, for a fee, support those platforms. So you see any potential problems with this model? For example, how open is a team of developers whose leadership and key contributors are all inside one for-profit company? Don't open source projects that go this route begin to look less open and more like commercial software companies?
In other words: No helicopter blades.
(This piece appeared in the Linux Pipeline Newsletter for Tuesday, March 30, 2004. It has been edited for the web.)