Governance and responsibility

Russell Nelson nelson at
Sun Sep 25 23:21:22 UTC 2005

James McGovern writes:
 > I would love to see Eric and his peers solve for one thing that absolutely
 > torques me. How about getting those industry analysts to start covering real
 > open source software and not just the stuff supported by large commercial
 > entities.

You will get half of what you want in time (estimates of dates are
transparent fiction, so I won't attempt to write such), and you'll
never get the other half.  Right now, people who are making the
transition to open source software want to deal with it in the same
manner as which they have proprietary software.  They want to go to a
buyer with a list of requirements and tell them "buy this.  Oh, and
evaluate open source software as well, as long as it has commercial

In time (there's that word again), users of open source software will
discover "DIY IT" (a term invented by Doc Searls as far as I can
tell).  DIY == Do It Yourself.  IT == Information Technology.  It's
users of open source software doing without commercial support.  It is
half of what you are asking for.

If you look at the DIY home maintenance industry, you'll see that it
is chock full of large commercial entities.  Consider Lowe's, or Home
Depot (which, by the way, is still running DOS on their cash registers
and should be a PRIME TARGET for an upgrade to Linux running their DOS
cash register software in DOSEmu).  These firms support the DIY
industry as well as the professional full-time builder.

So you can expect the DIY IT industry to have lots of large commercial
entities who help people use open source software in ways that don't
count as "stuff supported by...".  You might consider O'Reilly to be
the first DIY IT company.

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