In a rare method-acting appearance, Tim O’Reilly gave his best shot at Chicken Little’s famous refrain, telling the world that he thinks:

“I will predict that virtually every open-source company (including Red Hat) will eventually be acquired by a big proprietary software company.”

Sure, there have been a few acquisitions by large companies of Open Source companies and the founders behind projects, but Tim, you’re a very smart man, surely you remember that all that CODE is Open Source, right?

This is just the market making sure that the right people get to buy houses and put their children (ok, developers, so maybe child processes???) in the schools of their choice, if someone bolluxes up an Open Source company, the braintrust of developers and such will just move to make another one.

This is not the emergency you’re looking for, move along.

RossB

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