When open source is not enough

There was some interesting buzz about the state of open source going around ApacheCon in Dublin.

On one hand, Apache is - and is widely seen as - a moderate, pragmatic voice in the FOSS world: the Apache license is explicitly business-friendly, and the conference was very happy to welcome the arch-enemy of more dogmatic FOSS advocates, Microsoft, among us.

Yet on the other hand, there are voices within Apache saying that open source is not enough, and that we should promote open development.

And from the advocacy/PR gurus comes the suggestion that we currently have an open source bubble, some of which may burst in a couple of years when companies who have adopted OS without an adequate strategy come unstuck. Failing to plan is planning to fail!