Ayende @ Rahien

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Saying goodbye to proprietary software

I have been doing Open Source stuff for five years plus now, you could say that it defines a lot of what I do. Increasingly, but for a long time, I have been feeling uncomfortable in my position as an Open Source developer that works on a proprietary operating system and proprietary platform.

I have been spending more and more time investigating alternative technologies, as you probably noticed, and by now I think that I have accumulated enough knowledge to deal with the shift without causing too much pain for me.

I am writing this post on my new machine, a Linux box running Debian. This seems like a good match for my position, since Debian doesn't allow non free software on their distribution. I repaved my Macs as well. OS X has started life as free software, but is it no longer free.

I had some issues along the way, but nothing that was truly serious. Now, to the development environment. I considered moving to Java, since it is now truly Open Source and is very similar to .Net. However, its roots are non Free, and I would like to make a clean break from non Free software. I considered Ruby as well, but I don't like it very much. Nothing specific beyond the it is too much of a buzzward.

Combining both personal preference and political stance, I decided to go with Erlang, which is Free and Open Source for over a decade. I have been digging in CouchDB's code lately, and it is very interesting.

That is all for now.

Oh, and you might experience some problems with the blog. I am moving it from Subtext (which is OSS, but running on non OSS platform) to Drupal on Linux.

Comments

Richard M. Stallman
04/01/2009 01:40 AM by
Richard M. Stallman

Interesting -- I assume that your new political stance means that NH Prof will be released under a "Free and Open Source" license, right?

Jonathan
04/01/2009 03:03 AM by
Jonathan

Any word on when AyendeOS is coming out?

Jeff Barnes
04/01/2009 03:20 AM by
Jeff Barnes

@Ayende: I hate to hear that. Such a blow to the .NET community. I hope you change your mind in a day or so ;-)

@Jonathan I would love to see that OS!

Anon
04/01/2009 03:49 AM by
Anon

April Fools

josh
04/01/2009 03:50 AM by
josh

hehe. you're the first to pull something that i've seen, but I'm still going thru my rss feeds.

Jake Scott
04/01/2009 03:54 AM by
Jake Scott

You could always move to mono....

Johnnie
04/01/2009 04:04 AM by
Johnnie

Good one, Ayende!

Alexander Nikitin
04/01/2009 04:45 AM by
Alexander Nikitin

Yeah, nice move :)

AyendeOS is now even more desirable))

addy santo
04/01/2009 04:54 AM by
addy santo

you fools [April], it will be obviously named Ayendos :)

Sven
04/01/2009 06:18 AM by
Sven

Damn! You got me, until I saw the first comments. Good one !

Den
04/01/2009 07:09 AM by
Den

Good joke!

csokun
04/01/2009 08:23 AM by
csokun

that a great one, Happy April fools' day

Stephen
04/01/2009 08:30 AM by
Stephen

Ha! its funny because its NOT true!

ralf
04/01/2009 08:48 AM by
ralf

That will be no diff to me - I've been havin a hard time following your lines of thought even in a somewhat familiar env.

--

Too tell the truth: I did not realize it was the 1st Apr until I read the comments - It sucks getting old.

cheers!

Avish
04/01/2009 09:17 AM by
Avish

Nice one. You almost got me there, but the bit about moving to Erlang exclusively made it clear that you can't be serious. Happy April!

comdiv
04/01/2009 09:59 AM by
comdiv

Good by Ayende!

                              FOREVER AND EVER




                                                                                  Proprietary Software TM
Parag Mehta
04/01/2009 11:00 AM by
Parag Mehta

Hi Ayende,

I almost believed until I saw a April Fool's day. We don't want you to move out from .NET . Alt.NET is not "Not.NET"!

Tigraine
04/01/2009 11:01 AM by
Tigraine

You almost got me with this one. Wow..

I was just minifying the URL for a twitter posting when I saw the date..

great joke though, but it would have been very sad for the .NET community if you really left.

Peter
04/01/2009 11:40 AM by
Peter

Loser

Jonathan
04/01/2009 01:12 PM by
Jonathan

@Addy -- AyenDOS does sound better.

Driesie
04/01/2009 02:15 PM by
Driesie

On a serious note, give mono a chance! I host .NET web solutions on Debian and it works a treat!

tawani
04/01/2009 02:25 PM by
tawani

This is a joke right? (Apr 1st)

Adieu Ayende

Shoshanah
04/01/2009 04:02 PM by
Shoshanah

Congratulations on the brave move out of capitalistic imperialism. There are some Debiansecurity holes you may want to watch out for though...

http://xkcd.com/424/

Happy April Fool's!

Haacked
04/01/2009 04:18 PM by
Haacked

Hey man, you don't have to leave Subtext, it now runs on Mono and MySQL. But only if you use my OSS non-proprietary hardware, motherboards, and CPUs.

;)

Chris Holmes
04/01/2009 05:36 PM by
Chris Holmes

Best April Fools post.

Well done Oren :=)

Now get to work on AyendeOS...

Omer Mor
04/01/2009 05:37 PM by
Omer Mor

Darn! You got me fooled.

At work we get to see your posts, but without the comments.

So you got me fooled for the whole day, until I got home and read the comments.

Arielr
04/01/2009 07:33 PM by
Arielr

Nicely done, sir. Nicely done.

mendicant
04/01/2009 07:37 PM by
mendicant

Fooled me due to the fact that

A) It's totally believable, others have done it before

B) I was reading it at 10pm on March 31st

:D

Sheraz
04/01/2009 08:21 PM by
Sheraz

Good one :)

Manoj Waikar
04/01/2009 09:04 PM by
Manoj Waikar

Ohhhhhhh...........I wish it were true ;-)

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