The Browser Wars Rage On
While reading the latest Time Magazine about how you are the person of the year, I stumbled across some interesting stuff. In this Time Magazine article, we learn that Blake Ross is “Outfoxing Microsoft” with the Firefox web brower. Are there really any living human beings left that care about the “browser wars”? I thought it was all about content now. Oh, Well.
Near the beginning of the article, we get this jewel regarding how most software is developed:
Most software is developed exactly the way you think it is: you pay a bunch of geeks in cubicles to write it
Lovely. On the contrary when referring to some of the people that write open source software, the article quotes Blake:
[open source developers] aren’t necessarily professionals
But no worries, when it comes to the commitment level of open source developers, the article quotes Blake as follows:
It also means the people are truly dedicated because there’s no payday
Uh, OK, that’s really nifty. I don’t know about you, but I’m a lot happier with software developed by people that do it because they need to meet their financial obligations. The thought of my local 911 service running on software written by ueber-dedicated, unpaid not-necessarily-professionals makes me restless. Think about it, they might actually have to attend to their day job at some point, or is that where they are getting the best of “their ideas?”
Oh the Hypocrisy!
I used Firefox to post this blog entry. You know what I would have used of Firefox wasn’t free? IE6—I wouldn’t pay for Firefox. When I installed Firefox, there is a welcome to Firefox page that reads:
Experience the difference. Firefox is developed and supported by Mozilla, a global community working together to make the Web a better place for everyone.
I don’t think whoever wins the nonexistent browser wars can make the Web a better place for everyone. It’s not the browser, it’s the content.
What’s This Have to do with Oracle
Oracle is not open source. I’m glad there are those “geeks in cubicles” developing and maintaining the database server. I know a lot of them, and they deserve a lot of respect.