Re: 100% Open Source Job Opportunities???
- From: Pavel <neoglobe_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 17:02:52 -0400
Sun evidently thinks it can make money (and I agree) by creating and supporting Java.
Sun is by far the least offensive because of Java and their intention to finally release Java as open source. But some of the things they do are bewildering... like creating Sun Java Studio Creator and Sun Java Studio Enterprise, but showing only the JDK Bundle with NetBeans upfront. I'm happy that they're now offering Creator and Enterprise for free to members, but why not just make one killer IDE and charge for training, support, and conferences? I would love to see them go on a massive global learning campaign in support of learning the language. IMHO, Sun SHOULD be earning huge profits, and directing more attention to destroying Microsoft based on an idea rather than from a product (Hardware excluded). Focusing on the people, not the products, and I think they would turn 100 times the profit, no?
IBM is adopting Linux because they can sell hardware running it.
I am thankful for IBM, and have kept a career on most of their products until now. I know that they support Linux and of course Eclipse, both of which I am also thankful for. But at this point, couldn't they crush their competitors by creating a better support model? I know some of their customers that buy their products just for the name alone. I guess what drives my rant is the fact that I have to pay heavily for the products AND the support, and it seems they don't give a damn about small business. Websphere? Workplace? Rational? Tivoli? All excellent products, but Microsoft is still dominating small businesses and personal computing.
As far as I know, neither Oracle nor especially Microsoft are supporting any open source products and in Microsoft's case they have actively tried to undermine Java if favor of their very closed source .NET.
Oracle seems to support and embrace Java in all of their products. Like IBM, I honestly can't say too much bad about them, except that I wish they, too, would change a few things about their distribution and support.
I use a lot of open source products and, as far as I can, try to support their development. But for my own company and our customers, there is no way open source products will any time soon replace all the commercial software they run.
What can't you replace, and why? I'll need to know when I start my venture. And, in my spare time, if I can help you replace one product, I will do it free of charge. Then, what would replacing all of the products be worth to you? Anyone else interested? Who else on this newsgroup will offer to help me help Jeff? If I can turn one person to Open Source, I can turn two. Eventually, someone is going to pay.
One critical issue is support. If you are a medium to large business and your application has a problem with either the OS or the database, you want to be able to call someone who is responsible for fixing your problem. With open source, you are dependent on newsgroups or contacting a developer who is willing to help. I have tried calling both Red Hat and Suse/Novell when I have had issues with Linux and if the problem wasn't with their own small part of the distribution they were of no help.
Finding support for open source seems to be the only reason that most companies go with the brands. But have you ever sat on the phone with IBM support. I don't know how many times I've called IBM for support on Websphere and Lotus Domino, only to find that the solution was posted by some Joe Schmoe message board. Have you ever tried to deal with companies like Business Objects, Apple, or Dell? I've been on the phone for hours and I've waited for patches for weeks. How about Microsoft? No thank you... I took the plunge, and learned Linux and OpenOffice, and I will never own a personal copy of Microshaft-Anything ever again, so long as I live. All I am saying is that, sometimes, even when you pay for support... are you really getting any? Would you rather have outsourced support personnel over the phone from only God knows where, or an in-house MIT graduate looking to pay for tuition or the beer and strip-club fund?
One question I have is how do you intend to get money to support an open source solutions company?
Jeff, I believe whole-heartedly that the previous response about support in open source truly sets the stage. I believe open source needs to become more organized, and people in this realm need to come together more than they compete. Therefore, I see an unlimited earning potential, and hope to start down that path, soon.
> If it's truly open source, why should anybody pay you?
> Jeff Coffield
Open Source should be the only way to go. Pay for hardware, time, knowledge, and support - not products, or technology. RedHat, Apache, Tigris, MySQL, JBoss, and SourceForge should be an example to everyone who shares my vision. If anyone else is interested in an unlimited earning potential using open source solutions please contact me. I just want to know who is coming with me?
P.S. - Will work for food.
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