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Can I Be Pissed Now?

In 2005 I blogged about why I believed the Open Source movement was expanding in the way it was. But, just because I came to a realization regarding the causes for the movement, doesn't mean I support it.

Frankly dear software community, I'm pissed. Everyday we deal with doctors, lawyers, architects, etc. all who we have to pay exorbitant amounts of money to and who treat us like crap because they belong to licensed industries that certify that they can do what they do, while we have dweebs that contribute their time for free to the creation of what should be a licensed industry.

Their answer is, "get with the program, the way to make money is support," but that's not an acceptable answer. The open source movement has done considerable damage to the software industry and has commoditized many key components of enterprise systems. Worse, it has driven a general consensus in the industry that everything on the net should be free devastating multiple business models for the gain of few.

Having come up through expensive SDKs and costly developer programs, I believe its great to give away stuff to a community of developers that will develop and enhance a platform, but this has gone way beyond that and has cannibalized the solutions industry that was supposed to be able to grow on top of those platform.

So, to you open source fanatics that like to give your time away for free, I say, either go smoke your bongs and play your XBox's somewhere else or get on the bandwagon and at least support the notion that the skills required to develop reliable, enterprise quality software is important, valuable and needs to be paid for by those that gain from its use.

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JP Morgenthal is a veteran IT solutions executive and Distinguished Engineer with CSC. He has been delivering IT services to business leaders for the past 30 years and is a recognized thought-leader in applying emerging technology for business growth and innovation. JP's strengths center around transformation and modernization leveraging next generation platforms and technologies. He has held technical executive roles in multiple businesses including: CTO, Chief Architect and Founder/CEO. Areas of expertise for JP include strategy, architecture, application development, infrastructure and operations, cloud computing, DevOps, and integration. JP is a published author with four trade publications with his most recent being “Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks”. JP holds both a Masters and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Hofstra University.

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