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  Why O'Reilly and .NET?
Subject:   Um...what are you guys like 15?
Date:   2001-06-04 14:35:45
From:   avengingangel
Everybody needs that point in their life where they rebel against everything they see as being large and in charge, be it parents, religion, "the Man", even a rinky-dink software developer. At times those in the deepest throes of rebellion and hormones begin to see links where there are, probably, not.
Now, don't misunderstand me. It isn't the fault of these children that they're ticked off at the world. They need somebody to be upset with. Unfortunately, in the age of communication and (not so unfortunately) in a communication-medium dominated by the precepts of free-speech and tolerance, some of us who expect intelligent debate are forced to put up with these juvenile temper tantrums.
So lets "dumb it down" just a bit. No offence...
O'Reilly is a great publishing house with a strong online presence. They produce books about Information Technologies, both informative, and highly technical. Their online persona provides breaking news, opinions, and howtos about these technologies and, just a bit, discussion of some of the sociological aspects of these technologies.
Microsoft is a large software house that produces the dominant desktop Operating System (in several different flavors, some notoriously unreliable, some not too terrible). They also produce some other stuff(again, some of it unreliable, some of it not too terrible).
On the side, O'Reilly has become one of the dominant champions of the open-source movement. They produce and stand foursquare behind many works on open-source. At the root, however, they are still an entity that reports and explains Information Technology.
Microsoft has come to be seen as the primary enemy of open-source and its philosophy. They use almost exclusively closed-source software with proprietary interfaces and control, unfortunately, the platform that controls America's desktop computers and, to a much smaller extent, America's servers. Obviously, they have difficulty sharing. They do also produce a few interesting things on the side.
One thing that the kids in this playpen need to keep clear is that there isn't a devil, nor is there a god in this world of OSes, online games, hardware and software development, firewalls, kernels, software licenses, and freedom. There are highly questionable business policies, and draconian attempts at quelling healthy competition. Last time I checked, O'Reilly's focus was not Business Theory 101, or even Antitrust Law, but instead is Technology. They may be champions of Open-Source, but they're still reporters of technological innovation, first and foremost.

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  1. Um...what are you guys like 15?
    2001-07-23 13:41:27  jonogden [View]

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