"Unix gives you just enough rope to hang yourself ... and then a couple of more feet, just to be sure."
Personally, one of the down sides of founding a company is that there is always too much work to do, and sadly I find I don't have much time to code any more.
We started up the company with a goal of building a real company, unlike so many Internet Bubble startups that seemed to take the attitude of let's get mind share, and we'll figure out a way to make money later.
From the corporate perspective, open source is a means, not an end, and if you confuse those you're going to have problems.
I like to eat good food. I cook and collect wine. I like going for long walks when I can.
To me, Microsoft has behaved like the clear-cutters of the computer software industry.
It is definitely true that having a common foe does give you something to shoot at. I'm just hoping that we don't fall into a pattern of simply playing catch-up with Microsoft, which is a danger.
Lots of large commercial vendors are getting into this market, and they have not shown dedication to the standards-based approach or to free access to the essential technology.
My guess is you'll see stuff coming out this year, but it will go on longer than that.
You get a certain amount of cachet. The more people that know about your stuff, the better.
The intellectual property situation is bad and getting worse. To be a programmer, it requires that you understand as much law as you do technology.
This is like the telephone problem - no one wants to have the first one. But we are seeing a lot of people who want some sort of technology to solve the spam problem.