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Hanselminutes Podcast 266 - Open Source vs. Making Money vs. Freaking Lasers - Are we all Evil? With Chris Sells

May 17, '11 Comments [2] Posted in Open Source | Podcast
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sharkswithlasersScott chats with Chris Sells about the pressure to release software as Open Source versus pressure to make money as a business. How are Google, Microsoft and Apple evolving over the years and what should we as developers do about it?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:49:55 PM UTC
I think the tension between shareholders and customers is exactly what makes companies appear evil. I think most reasonable people understand that a company that produces and supports quality products needs to support itself. But "Shareholders first, customers second" is the implicit message behind overly complicated pricing schemes designed to extract the last penny from consumer wallets.

Customers my put up with such treatment, but they don't enjoy it.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:14:38 PM UTC
Defining evil as meaning someone, somewhere doesn't like you is offensively patronizing. I'd say that there are some genuine concerns people have with Microsoft in particular. Just to name a few:

IE still represents a significant development hassle, for years to come (IE9 still has no HTML5 form features‽).

The broad perception that OOXML killed open document types (and therefore low-software-cost gov't participation) through bribery.

Persistent IP bullying, including constantly trying to choke Linux to death in the courts.

The free dev tools are great, and certainly win back some of the good will lost. I also think that .NET and PowerShell (after finally giving it another go), and F# are things to really be excited about, professionally.

I love the podcast, and I don't think that because an organization makes mistakes that all of its members are to blame.
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