Landscape of Freedom

Dear readers,

It appears that Matt Casters and its crasy super Kettle ETL software reached out an important step in their development cycle. Kettle 3.00 is about to be released, (please read Matt’s blog for additional information), and it will be the first major upgrade for Kettle since its broad adoption by the open source comunity. We are all very excited about this final release, especially since Matt’s presentation in Lyon last week. Second release candidat is already usable, and contains so many interesting new features and performance enhancements. OK, it took me some times to understand the power and interest of lazy conversion, but I’m now sold to this strategy when dealing with large number of records !

3.00 … well, it sounds like “300”, the title of the movie that tells the story of Sparte, a Greece region, engaged in a final war against Persia. 300 motivated soldiers fighting during days for their freedom against thousand of regular, not so motivated soldiers. Message behind the story is welknowned : liberty has a price, in this case the death of many warriors, and freedom can’t be achieved for free. Other message could be that motivation and personal investment can change the world !

Some centuries after this war (and unfortunatly so many others !), Open Source developers are also claiming to defend the Freedom of Software against commercial software. We can have long discussion on this subject, the concept of “liberty”, which should be included in a global package that include “respect for project, product and roadmap”, “respect for customer”, “respect for contributor” …

Is liberty the right for the creator of an Open Source project to froze his development because he has temporary no more time or interest in his project when comunity and customers are waiting for new features, enhancement and bug fixing ? For some customers, liberty is to select commercial products, simply because they can have more choice when selecting an integrator (this is the last thing to improve in our Open Source BI area : having more resources available for integration and development projects … but every day we are converting developers to our open source platform) … liberty, respect, freedom … not only words …

Price is something Open Source developers are paying every day : investment in those projects (because its definitly not a part time job) along with some financial limitation (because I know many Open Source developers who could have better job condition and higher salaries) compare to commercial software developers. But being part of some Open Source projects is more important for them than extra money … and again, Open Source software is not a synonym of free support, free training and free requests development …

In “300”, Greece recovered its liberty when other regions joined Sparte to form a more important army, just when those other regions understood that “winning against Persia was possible”. In our daily devotion to Open Source promotion, situation is the same : freedom is a concept close to knwoledge, and one of our first task is to be certain that potential customers have the knowledge that Open Source products can be a reliable answer in their IT research of a better global low cost solution.

Situation is the same for the FreeAnalysis project : Release Candidate 3 is now available, and training material will be soon available. We are always forecasting to have version 1.0 GA available for the end of november, and one of our hot subject will be now to promote the platform so that customers know that a reliable Open Source Olap alternative is now available, always the knowledge/liberty concepts !

Have Fun !

Patrick

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