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A Look Back at 10 Years of OSI

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The end of the '90s was a great epoch for the software world. We lived a revolution without being aware...

The spirit of open source and the importance of free software spread worldwide, and ten years later we take as habit things that were completely unthinkable ten years ago.
Sun buying MySQL? Microsoft releasing open source software? $200 Linux PCs at WalMart? Governments that switch to Open Source systems? PDAs, phones, and consoles running free software?

If you want to learn more about those years, you should read the open book Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution.
During February 1998, Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens founded OSI, the Open Source Initiative, with the goal of promoting Open Source culture, especially in the business world.

After 10 years of activity, the foundation has reached many unbelieveable goals, and it has a great future ahead.

To celebrate the moment, Federico Biancuzzi interviewed the two founders, Bruce Perens and Eric Raymond.

Let's start with Perens' interview...

Federico Biancuzzi: What dreams and goals (about open source) did you have when you co-founded OSI?

Bruce Perens: Dreams? What happened was far greater than I dared to dream. Open Source is a key part of enterprise computing, and government computing, and it's in very many people's homes, mostly playing roles they don't notice. It's taken over the biggest computer firms in the world. I talk with a lot of companies, because I make a living helping them make corporate policies and processes for working with Open Source. We find that there are two kinds of companies: those whose executives know they're using Open Source, and those who are using it, but their front office hasn't come to terms with the fact yet. You don't have to sell anyone on Open Source any longer, they already have it.

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