left hand, meet the right hand

james gosling, who inflicted java on the world, had some interesting things to say about open-source companies:

Open source vendors also came under fire, with Gosling sideswiping MySQL, JBoss, and Red Hat: “They say that they are running their businesses based on services.

“These businesses are more hype than reality. If they don’t have a [longer term] economic model…they are going to have a really hard time.”

apparently he didn’t get the memo.

but i guess if anyone would be an expert on companies that lack financial viability, it would be an executive at sun.

i also love the other juxtaposition in the article: mysql isn’t open source because “no one is allowed to do check-ins,” but java is open-source, because the source has always been available.

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