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January 30, 2007


Zack, great to hear from you, and thanks for your email asking if open source is disruptive. I absolutely think it is. Perhaps the most disruptive aspect of open source is the way it is being used in the startups we see to accelerate the time it takes to get new software products or web sites to market. We like to see entrepreneurs that are lean and mean and can iterate very, very quickly, to keep pace with the rate at which consumers and companies are now adopting new technology. Open source is often a critical component of this ability to iterate, whether it means running on a low-cost Linux system or creating a community based on an open source system like drupal. Look forward to hearing more from you soon!

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David, thanks loads, good to hear from you. Maybe its just a silicon valley phenomena, but it seems to me all the high tech startups are using commodity Intel / AMD boxes, open source software and hosted services to launch their businesses. And as they grow, they are just scaling the heck out of the same infrastructure rather than trying to move up to proprietary closed systems.


Zach, the message of delivering customer choice is a wicked smart idea.

Not everybody needs a 747. At the same time, nobody (really) wants a 747 that’s been stripped down to look like a Toyota.

I think we are in the price phase of the database lifecycle.
The best thing as you mentioned from MySQL another post was opening up of the database storage engine. This allows MySQL to move out of just the relational/transactional database domain, a very very powerful move.

Everything that Oracle are attempting is the control the whole enterprise software stack, they may be seeing the need in the future for reliability of the whole stack vs individual parts. Hence the move into Unbreakable Linux to complete it. I was even at a presentation from an Oracle VP who talked about this.

thanks for your comments. I think you raised a good point about Oracle looking to deliver more of a stack solution. It's not clear yet whether that's what customers want (e.g. a single supplier with all of these components) but it's not a bad strategic play on their part. I'm not sure that there is a "price phase" in a product lifecycle. There are price pressures to be sure, but that's just one element of how open source is disrupting the business model.


You have to admit that the open source community is getting pretty crowded.

very interesting.
i'm adding in RSS Reader

We are all ready to boom up but are waiting for the right moment.

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