The state of open source over the course of the past few decades has certainly changed. IBM last year purchased Red Hat, for example. But the original open source spirit of sharing remains intact — though the extent to which that is the case remains a subject of debate.
What open source really means today and how it has evolved were major themes of a podcast Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, recently hosted at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Seattle. Among the open source thought leaders on hand to offer their observations were:
- Alex Ellis, senior staff engineer (open source), VMware;
- Jason Dobies, principal technical marketing manager, Red Hat;
- Ed Warnicke, distinguished consulting engineer, Cisco Systems and technical steering committee chair, FD.io;
- Heather Kirksey, vice president, community and ecosystem, The Linux Foundation.
The differences between open source culture, and its underground-like feel over 20 years ago, and today’s explosion in commercial software enterprises based on open source code are stark, indeed.
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