Lessons learned from OPEN SOURCE's failure to support Xara
Posted by: Anonymous
on October 18, 2007 03:46 PM
This is why MOST open source projects will not become industry standards (exceptions being Apache, Linux on servers, and certain dev frameworks and tools). As long as open source is driven by what developers feel like doing and what they see as important (vs. what the customer needs) open source apps will primarily be seen as second rate alternatives to commercial software. To be used only if you can't afford to buy or get a pirated copy of commercial software. There is so much more that makes a product good or succesfull than just source code. That's why most succesfull opensource projects or products are actually backed and managed by some sort of organization and not completely community driven (of course, many of this companies really only package the product(s)). Furthermore, this mentality affects the popularity of Linux because people will look at the applications available in the platform and decide that free or not, the actual costs are too high and the benefits too few. Xara offered to provide a grade A application to the community that would have significantly added value to the Linux platform and the rest of the community. Is it really so wrong for them to have expected some cooperation and compromise in return? Must all the world conform to open source standards before the community will give them the time of day? Originally open source was about giving people alternatives, freedom, and flexibility, but nowadays it's just a forum where developers can work on their hobby projects with no real interest in the consumer. More and more open source is starting to look communistic. Not because it promotes ownership by all, but because it carries a fascist and totalitarian mindset. It's either the opensource way or the highway. Flame me all you want, but you know that there is truth to what I say.