Wow. I guess for those who have yet to be forced to compete with open source, it's permissible to come out with grossly inaccurate comments about open source. Even Microsoft would never say something like this, which Diane Greene (VMware's CEO) said to The Register:
There is still a lot of innovation going into our hypervisor. As long as there is a lot of innovation going in, (open source) is not the right model.
What we want to do is fund ourselves to be able to build new stuff. If you're purely open source, there is no way you can do new stuff.
Um...no. That is completely false. It's not even a little, teensie weensie bit true. In fact, it's when one is in the midst of innovation that open source makes the most sense. Ms. Greene seems to be suggesting that open source makes sense when you're ready to put code out to pasture because it has passed its prime. Quite the opposite is true, if you're hoping to derive value from community, which is the whole point of open sourcing code.
What Ms. Greene ought to have said is something like this:… Read more