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From "Neeme Praks" <>
Subject RE: Is Apache Dead?
Date Thu, 15 Jun 2000 18:34:27 GMT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefano Mazzocchi []
> Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 5:05 PM
> > Neeme
> > (Just trying to understand the dynamics of open source better...)
> It's like "trying to understand the dynamics of human 
> beings"... a very hard thing.

but well worth trying, still... ;-)


> If the JBoss folks believe that code is the only type of 
> contribution to
> their cause, no wonder they consider software development as a war.

actually, after some arguing they ended up in the same conclusion:
somebody just using their stuff is also contributing in the sense that
it shows the strength of their code.

> > > I would love to hear's opinion about this. I'm 
> sure I have
> > > missed something. It can't be this bad, right?
> > >
> > > It's not that I don't like competition, I just don't like 
> joyriders.
> I totally agree with him here. Code is not the only 
> contribution, but a
> contribution _must_ take place in order for the collaboration 
> to remain friendly.
> But I even venture to say that "become unfriendly to the 
> community that
> creates the software you build your business on top of" is a _very_
> dangerous thing to do. Extremely unwise from all points of view.
> Why? well, the license allows you to do whatever you want, but suppose
> that people start ignoring your help requests? deny subscriptions?
> slashdot the story? and so forth.
> Microsoft played bully and we know what happened.
> RedHat might do the very same mistake.
> While IBM and Sun follow the opposite path, understanding that a
> friendly community is an incredible advantage to their 
> business sanity.

Thanks, the whole picture starts to come together now ;-)

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