I suppose this is to be expected where corporations are concerned. They may proclaim the most altruistic of motives, but they generally operate in a profit-centered world that makes it more difficult to focus on the needs of users, and the benefits of open source to all.
Some of these companies, like IBM and Google, have thrived as they invested in open source and reaped tremendous gains with a long-term outlook. Others have entered the fray, but they don’t understand the culture of open source; one that strives for the benefit of the user, the developer, and the corporation. I am becoming concerned as I see more and more organizations get involved and bastardize the open culture for short-term gain. I am increasingly bearing witness to pettiness and cross-community sniping and it saddens me.More at OpenSource.com
What's your take on it? Has open source really won? And is it good or bad for corporations to be involved in open source projects?
The Ubuntu Edge and Canonical
SJVN over at ZDNet has an upbeat look at the Ubuntu Edge phone and Canonical's future. I love Steven's work, but I don't share his optimism about combining a desktop and mobile device into one unit.
As ZDNet's Jason Perlow said recently , "For Shuttleworth's vision to become a reality, you need platform unification. In other words, the smartphone, tablet and desktop OS need to become the same operating system, the same developer target and ultimately, the same device."
I think that's exactly where our technology is going. Even if the Ubuntu Edge doesn't happen, Canonical has positioned itself as a visionary company in this new form of computing.
Someone, and soon, will start building these all-in-one devices. I strongly suspect Canonical will be involved in these projects even if they don't lead them. Then, as the mashup of smartphone/PC hybrids starts to take hold in both consumer and IT computing, Canonical will reap the benefits of its early moves.More at ZDNet
I know that some folks love the idea of an all-in-one mobile/desktop device. But I still can't warm up to the idea. It might be because I tend to like working on separate desktops and laptops, with my phone being used much less than how other people use their phones.
For me the phone is in-addition-to my other devices, it's not my primary computing device and I don't want it to be. So I would have no interest in an Ubuntu Edge type device that plugs into a monitor and keyboard to become a desktop.
I may just be an old ruddy-duddy luddite without vision on this issue. Perhaps if there is a product like this, I'll suddenly see the light and it will all make sense to me. But right now I'm just not there, and the entire idea seems to me to be unnecessary.
What's your take on it? Do you want a device like the Ubuntu Edge? Tell me in the comments.
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