Darryl Taft, another one of my favorite peeps, sends me this link this morning where he gives a list of influential people in the business of OSS. Here it is:
- Linus Torvalds
- Mitchell Baker
- Mike Milinkovich
- Tim Golden
- Jim Zemlin
- Peter Fenton and Larry Augustin
- Jim Jagielski
- Michael Tiemann
- Marten Mickos
- Marc Fleury
- Rod Johnson
- Jonathan Schwartz
- Mark Shuttleworth
- John Roberts
I exchanged a few emails with Darryl and he then pointed out that this was an ordered list! I suspect he is just fishing for traffic but that got my blood boiling... he then denied that it was an ordered list but I will bite nonetheless.
I am not going to make a lot of friends:
Milink (eclipse). Eclipse is the business of subsidized OSS by corporation. It is a model alright, that of corporate socializing of costs of development and distribution. The polar opposite of professional OSS as far as developers are concerned.
Baker of Mozilla? yes and no it is at once a stunning success of a community and a shame that they "stumbled" upon their monies with the google ads. What I mean is that there was no plan and I don't think their luck really 'influenced' anyone else... who else has emulated the model and is printing 8 figures due to ads in OSS?
Torvalds.. no question. The business wouldn't exist without him even though he kept a distance with the money, possible BECAUSE he kept a reasonable distance with the money.
Fenton and Augustin, mos' def'. But then he is missing David Skok, investor in JBoss and Asterix/Digium. Less media visibility than Fenton and Augustin but very well respected by those in the know.
Jim Jaglielski? Jim gets tons of respect for starting the ASF. But the influence they have on the business is as an example you should not emulate if you want to be in the business of OSS.
Tiemann, I like the guy. I think his contribution is a bit theoretical.
Mickos? he's the man right now.
Moi? at number 10? come on! Darryl, I invented Professional Open Source, have you heard of it?
Rod? what the hell has he done besides copy moi? he he :)
but I think the worse offenders here are Schwartz and Mark Shuttleworth at 12 and 13 respectively. These two should be near the top. PTB and MS are the most innovative right now. PTB has set the visionary bar. Mark S, with Ubuntu, does it because he believes this is the right thing to do and he embodies OSS as a PERSONAL charity. Which is both truly cool and utterly destructive to the movement of professional OSS. These two are killing professional OSS and at therefore are the most influential.
Hubris is a bitch!