It's Open Season on open source
Three kings tackle MS, Google, MySQL, Web 2.0 and freedom
Meat Cast The market heard your late-night cries so full of despair and longing. Then, the market responded.
Welcome to Episode 1 of Open Season - the freshest of Meat Casts dedicated to open source software and related technology. With Open Season, you get a nasally but passionate host - me - and some guys who actually know what they're talking about - Alfresco VP Matt Asay and Mulesource CEO Dave Rosenberg.
There's no shame in admitting that we've turned punditry into an art form with this first episode, which runs about an hour. We talk about Microsoft's attempts to live the open source lifestyle, the apocalyptic horrors of Web 2.0 and its effect on the open source lifestyle and Oracle's issues with open source eroticism or simply open source schisms. Take your pick.
We also have a look at the new CPA license, the Google backlash, Hadoop, SugarCRM and MySQL's IPO prospects, XenSource, VMware, Openads and Marketcetera. Who could ask for anything more?
With a bit of commitment, we'll get this show to you every couple of weeks and can handle any feedback at software @ theregister.com.
I'd also like to thank Derek Miller for making his tune "We Three Kings" available.
Just got around to listening to the 'cast. Good stuff - I'm looking forward to the next installment.
One point I would disagree with is the assertion that a $10m revenue is not sufficient for IPO. That may well be true if the IPO is for NASDAQ, NYSE et al but there are plenty of smaller exchanges where smaller revenues may well be welcomed.
Interesting comments around the topic of IPOs (or indeed buyouts) changing the culture of OSS companies. While the T&Cs of such transactions are somewhat focussed on the rules of the relevant authorities/exchange, surely there is plenty of room in the shareholder agreements to protect the OSS culture whoever happens to own the shares - a kind of GPL of shareholder agreements?
Keep 'em coming. That was great!
Interesting and enjoyable
I look forward to the next instalment :)
You mentioned some services that may be interesting - maybe you could expand on the state of play around trust and identity in open source and standards? The whole Passport vs Liberty Alliance seems to have gone quiet; and of course the ever present spam problem seems to be a trust/identity issue at heart.
Services that addressed these issues successfully would, I feel, truly be worthy of Web 2.0 tags.