Slashdot heeft een verhaaltje getikt over de Open Source berichtgeving in de media, waar over het algemeen sterk wordt getwijfeld aan de vraag of Open Source uberhaupt kan werken . Praktijk voorbeelden, zoals de populaire Apache webserver, worden vaak volledig over het hoofd gezien:
If people are so concerned or curious whether Open Source can be a success and "beat" Microsoft (or any commercial and/or proprietary company) in this "web thing," then Apache is proof positive that the answer is yes. Apache never started out to "beat" Microsoft, nor is that one of it's goals. It presents itself only as an accurate, reliable and decently fast web server. And for the vast majority of those looking for web servers, what's important is that Apache delivers what it promises. Maybe that is another key feature of Apache's success: that it doesn't promote itself as ABM (Anything But Microsoft). It's content with letting it's performance and track record speak for it. Trouble is, in today's world, you gotta shout.
Certainly, the "battle over the desktop" sounds sexier than "the battle over the web servers," and Microsoft is known more for Windows and NT rather than IIS. So it makes sense that an alternative that goes toe-to-toe with Microsoft in a specific arena that they have controlled for so long, will become such a well known entity. But it is up to all of us to make sure that the message about Open Source is more than just Linux. There are other players that deserve their time in the spotlight, not only for their continued health and survival but also because it presents a more accurate and well-rounded view of what Open Source really is. Open Source is a rich and varied rainbow of projects, each one clearly showing that Open Source is viable, that it can succeed, that it does succeed. Allowing the media to portray one project as the focus of the entire movement does a disservice to the countless other projects and their developers. Open Source can not and should not live or die by what happens to Linux.
Apache makes our case stronger, and in doing so, helps out the entire Open Source movement. So does Perl. So does PHP. So does FreeBSD. Let's make sure the world gets the whole picture. We will all, even Linux, be the better for it.
Ennuh, Tweakers.net draait bij pair op FreeBSD, Apache, PHP en MySQL en da's allemaal Open Source (nouja, MySQL niet helemaal).