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The whole Apache / Microsoft thing

Posted on | August 3, 2008 | 3 Comments

I don’t get it. Apache published its collective innovation (the a-patchy-server) under a very permissive software license. A big and secretive software company used the code, improved their secret stuff and gave the project $100,000.00 to say thanks. The license that the developers authored and selected says the super secret company can use their code.

As Microsoft can use the code with or without giving a donation, would a donation not be preferable? Why is everyone reading so much into this? So many are saying “What if Microsoft lures Apache developers to work for Microsoft?” The answer is easy, those guys will go to work for Microsoft and other people will take their place within the project.

We are going way beyond `what if’ and diving into the same thinking that results in premature optimization .. which is the root of all evil. Shut up, sit back, watch .. if something other than a straw man or scare crow appears .. feel free to set it on fire and call attention to the blaze. This rant is coming from someone who has been highly critical of Microsoft, (me).

Beyond that great, Apache got 100K, IIS will improve and the world will continue to exist. There is a really neat place, I heard that it was called `outside’ from a very reliable source. Perhaps some rather notable people should explore this uncharted realm in lieu of delving into self gratifying pontification. Bruce, don’t be afraid, you can leave your computer running while you go out and explore. I really don’t think a 100K donation by a multi billion dollar company is going to get said company out of anti-trust lawsuits.

If a fear is reasonable and can be documented beyond `what if’, we should be screaming. Otherwise, we’re screaming just to comfort ourselves in the fact that we’re still being heard. Knee-jerk, anyone?

I’ll end this with a Rush quote – “And the men who hold high places, must be the ones who start“. Unrealistic and unfounded trepidation is ideally ignored in conscious thought and never propagated, you do no useful service by making a fossil out of unfounded fears and putting it on display as candy to be enjoyed.

If such a consternatious, meta plot truly began to unfold within the confines of reality and not conjecture, I’d start screaming too. The fact remains, the money is in the bank, lets see what happens before feeding the straw men .

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3 Responses to “The whole Apache / Microsoft thing”

  1. Tim
    August 3rd, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

    In all seriousness, I see the point that you are pushing. So what if Microsoft puts pieces of Apache into IIS and does not share the source? Apple changes the FreeBSD kernel, and does not share most of their changes. How is this any different? So what if Microsoft ‘lures’ Apache developers? These dev’s need to eat and drink!

  2. tinkertim
    August 3rd, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

    My point is once free, under any license .. no project is in danger of becoming existentially challenged unless its users find it to be worthless.

    So what if Microsoft hires all core developers? Then we’d have all new core developers. Most humans die by 80, will this not happen anyway? Some people are very near sighted.

    If the FLOSS community can not handle and amiably greet the change that we were hell bent on propagating then we’re lost.

    I’m glad to see Apache get some much needed funds.

  3. Kalyan
    August 14th, 2008 @ 12:38 am

    Great to see someone getting funding, but sad to see it be used by someone to make much more. This is one thing i don’t like about Open Source, That said the best part is, no project like apache is really dead even after the devs are dead ( or lured else where ), giving an edge over others.

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