COMMENT: Time Capsule
“Just a Hobby”
1995Braveheart wins the Oscar for best film. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio. And in Sweden, two Swedes and a Finn release MySQL. Eighteen years and more than 100 million copies downloaded or distributed later, it’s the world’s most popular open source database.
The Cathedral and the BazaarIn an essay, open source software advocate Eric Raymond contrasts the “cathedral” model, where source code is available with every release but development between releases is restricted to an exclusive group, and the “bazaar” model, where the code is developed online in public view.
Apache Software FoundationFour years after developing the Apache HTTP Server, a group of developers forms the nonprofit Apache Software Foundation, a community of free and open source software developers and users. Today, the foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for more than 140 open source software projects such as Apache Hadoop, OpenOffice, and Struts.
Code RushFilmed during Netscape Communications’ final year as an independent company, Code Rush is a PBS documentary focused on a group of Netscape engineers facing an impossible deadline to release the open source version of Netscape’s internet software. Learn more and watch the film at clickmovement.org/coderush .
OpenJDKDuke digs open source Java and gets the source code via the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK), a free and open source implementation of Java Platform, Standard Edition.
Oracle Unbreakable Linux SupportEight years after releasing the first commercial RDBMS for Linux, Oracle introduces the same enterprise-class support for Linux that it provides for its database, middleware, and applications products. Penguins join Oracle CEO Larry Ellison on stage at Oracle OpenWorld for the announcement.