Interesting quote from Sun/MySQL

Karsten 'quaid' Wade kwade at
Tue Jul 29 02:36:20 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-07-24 at 21:36 -0400, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> "Sometimes we've had people say 'Why don't we do the Fedora model?'
> Well, we're at such an early stage of OSI adoption that there needs to
> be a conscious level of experimentation -- business models, licenses,
> products -- in order to foster the next generation of innovation. And
> that thrashing around is OK. We want to encourage that level of
> experimentation. Maybe it puts a bit more burden on IT to understand the
> subtleties of these licenses, but the payoff is high and the effort is
> not exorbitant."
> * * *
> Note carefully the implication here: that the way Red Hat and Fedora
> interact and complement each other is what you do when you've *finished*
> thrashing around, and want to do open source business right.

In fact, I found myself explaining that to a two-person ISV start-up on
Saturday, who package a $50, non-FLOSS add-on that pays the bills on top
of their (mostly) FLOSS application.  Where I'm seeing people understand
and adopt open source business models, they are going through these
stages in similar order, understanding, and effectiveness.

The difference is, people are aware they are doing it and are moving
faster than Red Hat => Fedora has done. ;-D

- Karsten
Karsten Wade, Sr. Developer Community Mgr.
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