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Open Source head to head

created on: 05/01/11As part of research and development (aka R&D to those in the industry) I ordered an Ultimate Beagle Gadget Pack from our friends over at Liquidware.  As one of the new wave of Bug-gneers that joined this winter/spring, I want to get a good understanding of our friends and competitors in the embedded Linux world.  Of course, as an open source company many of our friends our our competitors, which is really cool. It's Especially cool when you can inspire new ideas across company, team, and international borders.

I'd rant about 'marginal cost of software', Syndicalism, and Eben Moglen here but I better not.  I think  folks are here for the hardware, not for the hobby armchair economic and philosophy. People are here for open source development,  for quality hardware/software platform, and for the creative new ideas Bug dreams up. 

In the spirit of the second, this is the opening post of 'Open Source Head to Head' series.  It will be a sporatic series, coming ont when I have time and a new toy, where I'll be comparing Bug Labs products with those of our friends, competitors, and collaborators.  This will include projects and products we use in development, competing products, and contrasting approaches to design.

I'm calling these 'Head to Head' because both meanings of that apply to Open Source development.  As a solutions company we are competing on an open market.  We aim to have the best ideas, and to make the best platform for  our customers to build on top of.  However at the exact same time, we are constantly sharing ideas with the entire world at the speed of our own innovation. And we, in return, and getting great ideas shared back as quickly as we put them out. I think that is a powerful combination of incentives, and a fantatic model for driving innovation for our company, and for the whole human race.

It almost goes without saying that I'm going to give the fairest assessment I can. Not only because it's the right thing to do, but because as developers and engineers we learn from our mistakes and shortcomings. Being honest and clear about that is good for science, and good for customers.  But  of course as a Bug-gineer, I'm may be a little tiny bit bias'd (Bug Rules!) in my review despite my best effort to be neural.  

(Image courtesy of DoubleM2 on Fickr, licensed as CC BY 2.0. Thx DoubleM2!)

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