Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why you should lean on Open Source amidst turmoil

According to a latest post, Microsoft may disband the Popfly team. Popfly was their entry to the Mashup space with quite a bit of press. Google 'axed' their Mashup Editor this month and something tells me Yahoo Pipes may not last for long either. So what do all these have in common? They are proprietory, closed source software owned by companies trying to cut costs in a recession and when they are gone, no one can gather the pieces and rebuild. The users are lost without their familiar tools and will either have to look elsewhere or give up altogether.

Now take an Open Source offering such as the wso2 mashup server. Rarely in the limelight and overlooked by most tech pundits when talking about Web 2.0, Mashups or Social Computing, yet silently and steadily adding features. Features not only decided by corporate plans but demanded by a growing user community. Yes, as most Open Source software it might be a bit rough around the edges. But you can rest assured that once you ask, the developers will fix it.

So what's the difference? The code. It's there for everyone to see, download and improve. Even if it loses corporate funding or if the developers lose interest, there's always the possibility to either take over the code or fork it. That's why Open Source software is recession proof. As long as the human race survives and as long as there's server space left somewhere, the code will live!

So Mashuppers of the world. Join us, be part of the code and most of all, be free!!