CItrix’s Simon Crosby says Open Source does not mean Interoperable or Compatible
Derrick Harris at GigaOm has written an interesting, and unfortunately confusing piece which illustrates the frequent confusion between openness, interoperability and compatibility. His thesis is that the open source nature of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and cloud management software such as Eucalyptus is a powerful change for the better, because the openness is essentially standardization of a kind, and with standardization comes interoperability, compatibility, portability and therefore lower costs.
He’s unfortunately wrong. They are excellent technologies, but their open source nature does not in itself deliver on the values of compatibility, interoperability and portability.
Open Source is without doubt the most productive way for a community of individuals and organizations to collaborate on a common code base / feature set. The benefits of the approach to all participants is huge, and the innovative forces that one can muster to work on common technology components are in my view more powerful than one can find in any one organization. The Xen community, for example, has outpaced the rate of development, feature for feature, of any proprietary hypervisor platform. The rate of innovation by the KVM community is similarly superb, and the Linux community continues to lead in OS development. Open Source is good because it fosters collaboration and innovation, and because it commoditizes components of the IT stack that the participants in a community agree should be commoditized, and moves the industry forward at an accelerated pace.
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Open Source does not mean Interoperable or Compatible- The Citrix Blogs