Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Reinventing the open source wheel

Filed under
OSS

One of the greatest strengths of open source software development has been the notion that as an OSS developer, you can pretty much just pick and choose from the thousands of OSS projects out there to enrich your own project.

But anecdotal evidence in the open source community seems to be demonstrating that the very opposite is occurring: new projects are often reinventing the wheel in their code, rather than partnering with someone else's project.

I was chatting online with an acquaintance recently, a gentleman who works for a successful vendor in the Linux ecosystem. He was lamenting the fact that within the halls of his company, he was continually running up against the "not invented here" problem. This problem was simple enough to describe: when engineers in his company put their own projects together, they were much happier reinventing technology that had already been done rather than tap into projects that were already done, were brilliantly made, and had no problems with any sort of license compatibility.

This was frustrating




More in Tux Machines

How Linux containers can solve a problem for defense virtualization

As the virtualization of U.S. defense agencies commences, the technology’s many attributes—and drawbacks—are becoming apparent. Virtualization has enabled users to pack more computing power in a smaller space than ever before. It has also created an abstraction layer between the operating system and hardware, which gives users choice, flexibility, vendor competition and best value for their requirements. But there is a price to be paid in the form of expensive and cumbersome equipment, software licensing and acquisition fees, and long install times and patch cycles. Read more

Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

With Fedora's installer it isn't immediately clear what you need to do – or even that you need to do something – until you click each button and find out, which runs the "select your layout" and installs. It's not that bad; it's not like installing Arch, but it did leave me wondering “why?” Why not just go with the familiar, narrative-like sliding screen animation that, well, pretty much every other OS out there uses? Read more

Customers reporting interest in cloud, containers, Linux, OpenStack for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close and IT departments reflect on their initiatives heading into the new year, we asked a group of 115 Red Hat customers -- ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses -- about their priorities for 2015. What we heard from the respondents is promising going into the new year: Budgets are increasing (or at least staying the same); Linux adoption is increasing; cloud deployments will be dominantly private or hybrid; OpenStack is hot; and interest in containers is emerging. Read more

Multi-Stream Transport 4K Monitors To Become Better Supported On Linux

For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments. Read more