Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/19/open_season_17/
Open source zealots fill with venom
While bumbling OLPC bumbles to Microsoft
Radio Reg Some pundits out there think you can't get rich off open source software. Well, that's just not true. As evidence, we bring you Mike Olson, the former CEO of Sleepycat Software who milked Oracle for millions.
You can see Mike here, although he doesn't actually work for Oracle anymore. These days he's eating burritos filled with endangered species meat and working on his tan. It's a nice life.
Mike was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to join the Open Season crew for Episode 17 of our glorious show. We talked about the OLPC's defection to Microsoft, the Gates Foundation's good works and CBS's philanthropic move to acquire CNET.
This show also saw Dave Rosenberg waffle around in the sky, telling us no one seems to have got cloud computing right. And then Matt Asay jumped in on Sun's JavaFX effort, saying it's probably too little, too late. Dave and Matt then set themselves up for some really nice e-mails by exploring all the ways in which the open source community hates itself.
Me? I was just happy that no one in the open source kingdom killed or maimed anyone this week.
Now, onto the show.
- The Jim Gray tribute
- The OLPC is the worst kind of charity
- CBS splashes for CNET
- We bring you the touch screen missile command
- Middleware is over and the cloud is a disaster
- People seem not too moved by JavaFX
- Matt on the open source free ride
Thanks for your ears. ®