Has open source outgrown the Apache Way?
Organizations like the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation have long been a part of the open source and free software ecosystem. But some in the FLOSS community are beginning to wonder if these venerable organizations need to change in order to keep up with the changing demands of FLOSS.
Yesterday, I read what could be the most articulate presentation of this line of reasoning from Yammer Developer Advocate Mikeal Rogers. Rogers also happened to be Employee Number One at CouchOne from 2010-2011--a tenure that certainly pertinent to his arguments.
Rogers wrote directly about the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) in a blog entry posted Nov. 22. In that entry, Rogers detailed how, in his opinion, the world of open source had grown beyond the need for an organization like the ASF and as a result, the ASF's current practices have potentially led Apache to "become a net negative for [its] projects."