Readers of this blog care deeply, madly, passionately about open source. But if this blog's traffic data is any indication, readers of this blog care even more about Apple, Google, and Microsoft. In fact, most of the planet, as measured by Google Trends, cares more about what Apple is doing on a given day than what business model MySQL has adopted:
On this blog, MySQL and Ubuntu make an appearance in the top-25 most read stories, but Microsoft, Apple, and Google dominate the most-read stories, despite constituting a relatively small number of my total posts.
I note this data only to remind everyone, myself included, to take ourselves a little less seriously. It's not that open source isn't critically important, because it is: It is the heart of computing going forward. But our petty controversies are just that: Petty. The stakes are pretty small, given that open source is being woven into the fabric of software's future, even within these giant software vendors, regardless of our squabbles.… Read more