45 thoughts on “Back on the Beat: Introducing OStatic, the Open Source Blog”

  1. @ Edwin

    THanks for the words of encouragement.

    @ Christian,

    Glad to be back. While not 100%, it is still good to get a certain regiment going on a daily basis.

  2. Verrry interesting! I always marveled at how much power the Open Source movement held, and always lamented at how poorly that power was truly exposed!

    This is wonderful! I love how you can play with the project data and list alternatives! Now I can really start to junk my M$FT stuff for true Open Source!

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we can actually rate which alternative was the best? How ’bout that?

    Good leadership!

  3. Good luck, Om :)! And I hope your health will be even better!

    It seems we thought at the same idea in almost the same time…

    I just launched http://www.mytestbox.com (web software extensive reviews…open source or not, standalone applications or as a service)…

    Being a web developer and sometime having to choose from different software for my work I had to dig to find the information need it.

    So then I thought “why not build a database of reviews and get other developers involved in writing reviews?”…I bet there are tons of users who would like to have these kind of info…

    So if your new blog, Om, and mine (and other blogs) helps people finding the info then I guess it’s a good thing for everybody…

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  5. @ JZ,

    Thanks buddy. good to hear from you and congrats to you.

    @ All,

    It is great to be back, and thinking and reporting and blogging. Okay it is still on a “daily budget” but feels good. I hope you like some of the new things I plan to do here.

  6. Dont want to sound negative but how long will Ostatic remain “Open” if Microsoft starts paying for the advertising real estate in Ostatic? The way slashdot.org has changed because of MS dollar power is an eye opener. Can Ostatic swear not to take any MS dollar directly or indirectly until the day OpenSource wins decisively over Microsoft.

  7. “open” a fancy term used for everything, people forgot the real definition of open source. In reality there is almost nothing open source based on the original definition of open source…freedom is replaced by fuel (money). if you see the activity of the current open source projects… that are directly related with the income . If Linux is dead (somehow it’s still alive)…Linux community (real open source) also dies with it.
    I was part of 3 open source projects in the past…few people came out and making money. What happened to the original goal??
    What I like to say is…developers spending time and effort to make the software, their original goal was that to learn, get some experience, help people, joining with community….it’s more than their profession…
    I like to see death of “commercial open source”, will it happen? or we are going to come up with many more open source business models?… open source by default very disruptive. I hope your new venture may help to think back and see where we should really go…Best of luck!


  8. Re: “we are adding a directory that lists about 150,000 software listings.” If there is a link to this “directory,” I am unable to recognize it…

  9. Om, Great Job and glad to see you’re back in action and hope you’re feeling better! People have definitely started realizing the potential of the Open Source movement and getting your validation & commitment definitely helps. Congratulations and keep it coming!

  10. I don’t mean to call shenanigans, but shouldn’t a blog about the industry and life of Open Source, run on Free Open Source Software?
    Correct me if I am wrong.

  11. @foofy,
    coulda fooled me.
    Give them a little publicity. That’s what I say.
    Wouldn’t you at least want to put somewhere in the html source that’s it’s Drupal?

  12. Sun (JAVA) has agreed to pay $800 million in cash and assume $200 million in options for MySQL, which had raised $38.5 million from venture and strategic investors including Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, SAP, Intel Capital and Red Hat.

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