Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The open source vs. proprietary debate has had plenty of ink over the last few years. I think I've seen the same basic arguments and banter wrapped in what seems to be a hundred different packages.
But this article in particular from Roger Greene in Network World's "Face-Off" grabbed my attention. And it caught the attention of MuleSource, whose recent blog post took Roger to task point by point.
Now, I work for an open source company and yet, I think the problems he identifies are correct. However, the solution is not to avoid open source, but rather to engage commercial open source. That is, work with companies that can connect and enhance what open source tools can do. Companies that serve as immediate liaisons for both the open source community and the business community. Ultimately, companies that can provide what end users need.
My thoughts on the open source myths Roger lays out in his article...
"Myth #1: Open Source is Free."
No, open source is barter ware.