Are open source projects run like a democracy or an oligarchy?

I was reading Fred Wilson’s comments recently on The Bitcoin XT Fork. In it he discussed how open source developers manage their projects. “A group of open source core developers are a democratic system.” I was surprised by this comment because I had never thought if it as democratic. Here are my thoughts… Join 28,000 …

Oracle to MySQL – prepare to bushwhack through the open source jungle

I was recently approached by a healthcare company for advice on suitable database solutions capable of executing its new initiative. The company was primarily an Oracle shop so naturally, they began by shopping for possible Oracle solutions. The CTO relayed his conversation with the Oracle sales rep, who at first recommended an Oracle solution that, …

Open Source – What is it and why is it important?

Open Source, a term understood well by the technology set, but not enough by everyone. Open Source for the software industry is like generic drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.  It enables more players to come to the table, it is a huge driving force behind internet infrastructures, which are built on Linux, Apache and many …