Parts One and Two of this blog looked back at the ongoing open source licensing wars, focusing on the evolving situation between Elastic N.V. and AWS. In the last installment, Raj Dutt discusses how Grafana Labs is reacting.
The emergence of a new breed of commercial open source company, challenging the dominance of public cloud, has set off a licensing war that calls into question the very meaning of open source.
The release of Grafana 3.0 got me a bit nostalgic. Thinking about how much fun I’ve had over the last year. Making friends out of new colleagues. Getting to work with old friends. And finally contributing to open source software.
I owe a lot to open source. When we were starting and running Voxel back in 1999, we never would have been a viable company if it wasn’t for projects like Apache, MySQL, CentOS, etc.
The only constant is change. The cliche is perhaps especially true when considering the open source infrastructure software landscape.
Fifteen years ago, it was common to find CIOs who had a “no open-source in my enterprise!” attitude. Serious businesses chose Sun Microsystems or Microsoft. Linux was for the kids. Microsoft even went so far as to call it a cancer
That seems crazy today. It’s an awesome time to be an open-source company.