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Matt Asay Apr 9
Someone recently suggested to me that open source may have had a bigger impact on cloud than cloud on open source. Let’s assume that’s true. What are the ways that open source has influenced cloud?
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one electronic Apr 9
Replying to @mjasay
the whole intellectual foundation of open interfaces and combinatorial single-purpose tools is pretty well ingrained in cloud and absent from the closed-source ecosystem.
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Matt Asay Apr 9
Replying to @gobsmash
OK, you need to keep running with this. I easily grok the “the economics of OSS make the cloud possible.” But you’re onto something here that goes even further. Can you elaborate?
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one electronic Apr 9
Replying to @mjasay
closed source's "value" prop is integration. ethos of open source is composable pieces (think pipes). imo, this creates momentum in open source that's absent from ground-up closed ecosystems.
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Matthew S. Wilson
Not just open source, this is a property of open systems, and a general UNIX philosophy that are carried forward in the foundational building blocks of cloud as we know it.
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Matt Asay Apr 9
This thread is making me so happy. So many smart people commenting here. It’s quite literally making my day dramatically better.
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Matthew S. Wilson Apr 9
But my typos are making me sad... s/are/is/ sigh.
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Paul Ramsey Apr 9
Open source >> open systems though. While it's nice that Linux ~ POSIX, the real power came/comes from being able to go in an muck with the internals for your use case, something AWS has demonstrated multiples times.
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Matthew S. Wilson Apr 9
Don't think it's quite true that "open source >> open systems" because from a system architecture perspective "it's open source" can sometimes lead to poor separation of concerns and modularization. Confusing due to overloading of "open", I think.
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one electronic Apr 9
Replying to @_msw_ @mjasay
💯. the ethos of openness/invitation to extend is a pre-req for the network effects that help drive innovation & ecosystem gravity in both cloud and OSS, too. we owe a lot to the early UNIX folks.
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Matthew S. Wilson Apr 9
Replying to @gobsmash @mjasay
Yes, "do one thing well" in modular building blocks that are designed to work well together makes it possible for others to innovate in ways you don't anticipate when you build each of those blocks.
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