Another community thinking about diversity vs convergence


Brian Behlendorf
 

The Continuous Delivery Foundation, http://cd.foundation/ (yes that's a real URL, stunned me too, didn't realize that TLD was active!) has been having a very similar conversation to our own:

https://lists.cd.foundation/g/cdf-toc/message/175

There was referenced the Xerces & XML parsers work, as I believe Arnaud mentioned in another thread.  Kohsuke put it really well: 

I'm a firm believer that the CDF should adopt a similar mindset. We should welcome projects that might disrupt some of our existing projects. And to reiterate the first point, I'm also a firm believer that we should actively recruit projects that are complementary and non-overlapping. Those two goals aren't mutually exclusive.

The OpenJS Foundation, https://js.foundation/ (holy TLDs Batman, I need to get out more) has this issue as well, even more so now that they merged with Node.js Foundation.

As explosive domains of technology well-provisioned by open-source-licensed options hits a crest, the pressure to merge efforts grows pretty naturally as a result of everyone eventually realizing that collaboration beats competition when the product's price is zero.  When that consolidation can play out in an environment where the specific license chosen is the same, where the collaboration tools are mostly or entirely the same, where opportunities to collaborate on the small bits (common libraries, APIs, etc) first are easy and encouraged, then it's much less painful than when it's the MechaGodzilla Foundation vs Mothra Foundation duking it out over Tokyo.

Brian

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