A fable for these Open Source times... (#OSBC)


fable for open source times

Once upon a time, in a land far away but not unlike our own, an old King lay dying.

The people, who had tolerated but never loved their King, thought it was time for a change,. "We need a Republic now!", came the cry. The King's only son, Prince Redcap, knew that it could never be the same as in his father's time, so he proposed a new deal. "You are right", he said, "but the ways of the Kingdom are strange and difficult for commoners. Let me be your leader and I will support you in doing this".

And so the people agreed to a hybrid order. And there was peace in their time, even if you couldn't exactly call it harmony.

But there was a magician who had been an advisor to the old King - a master of the dark arts. He yearned for the old times, when king-makers were someone to fear and admire and a force to be reckoned with. The old magician learned that the King had another son, borne by a different liasion. The boy, who was called Sentos, had been raised by common folk deep in the forest and had now grown into a strong and brave young man.

The magician sought out Sentos. "Come with me", he urged, and " and I will make you as powerful as your brother Redcap. You will rule in his place and taste the sweetness of power, for it is awesome".

Meanwhile back in this world, Microsoft announced at the #OSBC conference yesterday that the CentOS Linux distribution is now a first-class citizen on its Windows Server R2 Hyper-V platform. CentOS (short for Community ENTerprise Operating System) was created in 2004 from a fork of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distro, and strives to be a free binary-compatible version of RHEL for developers who don't need (or want) the Red Hat products. It is still going strong today.

Tags: Open Source Software

Paul Walsh

Written by Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh was one of the founders of Cognidox. After a period as an academic working in user experience (UX) research, Paul started a 25-year career in software development. He's worked for multinational telecom companies (Nortel), two $1B Cambridge companies (Ionica, Virata), and co-founded a couple of startup companies. His experience includes network management software, embedded software on silicon, enterprise software, and cloud computing.