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shoshana kleiman

OH - I just wanted you to know that I’m reading your post - several times. :) It’s good to have a discussion with you. You may think you go on - but to me I am very grateful that you are taking the time to aid and guide my education!!!!

Give me a little bit of time to go through your links. My next blog, I hope, is after a conversation with Aharon Robbins (publishing name is Arnold Robbins, I think) holder of “awk” related stuff.

I think my shock from Stallman is wearing off and I am once more excited to learn about open source.

All the best. I’ll answer as soon as I can think.
Shoshana

03/01/09 @ 01:15
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I look forward to your next post. In addition to Mr. Robbins you should talk to someone in a commercial open source organization. It would provide a very different perspective.

03/01/09 @ 02:26
Antoine Borg

Hello,

While a little lengthy, I like your post - you accurately capture the gap between what most people think of when they use the phrase “open-source” and what the open-source world thinks. You do try to break these misconceptions and I know, from experience, that this is not simple.

I was talking to someone recently. He’s a CIO and took over my previous role at a governmental organisation. His first reaction upon hearing that I’m in open source was, “Isn’t it true, though, that open-source comes with lots of hidden costs? Isn’t open-source more expensive than closed-source in the long run?” It took me a fair amount of arguing and I hope I got the full thrust of my message through.

Working for a company that specialises in open-source technologies and which works with open-source vendors, I can confirm your statement that open-source is not created by unsociable types in their bedrooms. While some people still do that (and lots of closed-source companies started that way too), most of the companies that we deal with are professional setups with slick operations and marketing machines that can rival their closed-source competitors’. And we all wash our own clothes ;-)

Antoine

05/15/09 @ 06:17
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At the beginning, The Open Source Solutions Blog was a companion to the Open Source Solutions for Business Intelligence Research Project, and book. But back in 2005, we couldn't find a publisher. As Apache Hadoop and its family of open source projects proliferated, and in many ways, took over the OSS data management and analytics world, our interests became more focused on streaming data management and analytics for IoT, the architecture for people, processes and technology required to bring value from the IoT through Sensor Analytics Ecosystems, and the maturity model organizations will need to follow to achieve SAEIoT success. OSS is very important in this world too, for DMA, API and community development.

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