Notice: I have to deal with the press a fair amount for my work at the big G so I generally do not try to call out the average reporter or bloggers errors in judgement or lack of fact checking around matters open source. But......sometimes.....
I usually I delete the first draft of things like what you are about to read yay verily, but this one time, I want to get it out there.
Outrage #1: Lazy Open Source Converage.
I was reading this post on Datamation detailing the 'Ten Leading Open Source Innovators" and I couldn't help but think....what kind of crap is this?
First off, the page is almost 80% advertising, which is too much in my opinion and brings down the value of any one ad from a practical standpoint.
Second, they do the page view inflating crap that is the 'top 10 list, 1 per page'. So annoying.
Third: SugarCRM is not flippin' Open Source. If a company requires you to add a badge at the bottom of a page to use their software (which they do), and that badge is a trademarked logo (which it is), and they can and have kept people from using the logo, which prevents the use of the software, then it's not open source. GPL + attribution requirements that include trademarks == total control over use.
I wouldn't mind at all, but SugarCRM continues to bill themselves as "commercial open source". They are not open source, commercial or otherwise. Freeware or Shareware maybe. Professional Service ware, for sure. But Open Source? Nope.
And, yes, I feel like I'm the only one tilting at this particular windmill. The only one.
Fourth: Montevista. I really hope they've turned things around. But a leading open source innovator? There have been no end of hotness embedded linux stories in open source of the last year, and the reporter picked Montevista? Wha?
Fifth: You have this list, in which you've tried to create your elite list of junk, then number 10 is "everyone in large companies from microsoft to EMC to IBM to whomever". What? So all of the article, which now practically includes the entire industry in it is somehow pointing people to the innovators in open source? Lame. Lazy.
Damn kids. Get off my damn lawn.
Well, at least they don't show snap previews. That would have made my head explode.
Outrage #2: ESR Quits Fedora. (no link provided, not gonna do it, nope.)
I'm totally feeding the troll here, but if you were to, oh, I don't know, erase your /lib directory and then your OS died. Whose fault is it? (windows folks, imagine if you deleted windows/system32 and Apple users, imagine if you, uh, dropped a brick on it or whatever)
People feel most outraged when they do something patently stupid, something they know is foolish and which they knew was foolish when they did it. I generally don't jump on the slam ESR bandwagon, he's done some interesting and even important things for Open Source, but this kind of stuff, well, it makes you shake your head.
I had more, but I was feeling all save-to-draft-and-delete if I included them. I also had something happy about puppies and kittens to bring myself up from the gloom that pervades this article.
Okay, I lied about the kittens. Sorry.