Profits considered immoral by open source community?

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The comment was made by Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos to New York Times blogger Quentin Hardy, in a Bits article on the open source ecosystem that has grown up around Amazon Web Services (AWS) that was posted last Friday.

Hardy did a good job summarizing the various players in the sector: Open Nebular; OpenStack,, and the aforementioned Eucalyptus, and their overall role with respect to AWS. He zeroed in on Eucalyptus, which was a good choice, too--even though OpenStack and have a lot of PR mojo going right now, there's no getting around the fact Eucalyptus has garnered a lot of commercial success for itself. Eucalyptus, as Hardy pointed out, is also more integrated with AWS infrastructure.

And that close integration is the context for the comment Mickos made that I want to review.

"'Like Amazon or not, they are the de facto standard for cloud,' says [Mickos]. 'It's just that not everyone wants it. Some people in open source think it is immoral to make a profit. I don't.'"

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