"One potentially scary prospect is the people who actually fix this are Microsoft. They're very [well-positioned] to do so," Johnson said.
Panelists also became sidetracked for a time with a discussion on what open source means for the commercial software industry.
"The number of things that we count as free today that used to cost money [such as TCP/IP] are quite significant," said panelist Cameron Purdy, president of Tangosol. If commercial companies cannot innovate fast enough, pressures from open source development will reduce revenues, including R&D revenues, Purdy said.
"If we can’t find ways for people to get rich [in software development], we're not going to attract the best and brightest to the industry," Purdy said.
Johnson disagreed with notion of equating "open source" with "free." Enterprises use open source because it does the job, he said. Money is being made off of providing services related to open source software, according to Johnson. "I think we definitely are going to see that open source does make people rich," Johnson said.
Marinescu said open source software frees up developers to build value-added innovative applications. "That means more jobs for you guys," he told the audience.
Also during the discussion, Johnson touted AOP (aspect-oriented programming). "AOP is really going to change the shape of the application server market and change the definition," he said.
Snyder cited a need for tools to enable orchestration of services. "The tools are what's lagging behind. Nobody wants to sit down and write (BPEL [Business Process Execution Language] for Web Services) by hand," he said.