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July 16, 2006 / ergonomic

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“There’s an incredible power in community. Most folks that I know in the software world–and now by ‘software world‘ I mean folks who type code and who care about the technology–understand that they make choices based not on economics, but based on philosophies and beliefs, and you know, as I’ve said before: developers don’t buy things; they join things. That’s why we call it the open source community, not the open source marketplace. It’s the developer community, the Java community, the Firefox community.” — Jonathan Schwartz.

“What matters more in this world is the price of the software. Free software is what has massive power. Google is powerful not because it’s running on any one technology, but because its service is free.” –Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems.

So what is Web 2.0? At the core, it is an applied web service model that blurs the line between software and service. It can do this because: 1) it is optimized for the 60 million broadband connections in place; 2) it can count upon an installed base of 300 million video-ready mobile and PC devices; and 3) Thanks to the AJAX meme, it can reliably assume the ubiquity of a really good browser experience. —Mark Sigal

El otro día me decía un amigo a propósito de estas ideas ¿No será demasiado hippie todo esto para ser verdad en un mundo que se rige por la mano invisible del mercado? La verdad es que yo le encontré un poco de razón a su inquietud, pero me agradó la idea de imaginar que aunque sea en un mundo virtual aún existen otros códigos -a la antigua- que defienden la colaboración gratuita y el sentido comunitario del conocimiento.

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