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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/29/2016 3:09:13 PM
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Must also play well with hardware...
Open source is also hitting up against hardware now. Facebook is in this game with its efforts to open source networking hardware, and telcos will probably need to get into this game -- or be captured by proprietary hardware. Microsoft's data centers are getting custom hardware with FPGA chips... and more data centers are going to need these kind of adaptable hardware tools. Good luck, telcos! Change is accelerating even faster than you thought... 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/project-catapult/

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DHagar
DHagar
9/29/2016 5:12:35 PM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
 @mhhf1ve, good point about including the hardware consideration;that is another example as to why it has to transform into a total ecosystem.  If all we do is bring the same pieces together and put them in a box with a new name, we will not succeed.  It requires not only inclusion but then re-design to best utilize the new ecosystem and deliver the greatest value.

After design, gaining the engagement of all the players - through collaboration - is the net biggest hurdle.  But those who cross that bridge have great opportunities.

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faryl
faryl
9/29/2016 7:21:24 PM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
A friend has been suffering through a learning curve for some open-source based SAS. He said part of the challenge is that there are so many more "flavors" of linux out there that need to be accounted for; you don't encounter that issues with Microsoft-based projects.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/29/2016 9:58:19 PM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
The "flavors" of open source projects is a real issue for open source. I think Google made a brilliant decision to tie Android to its proprietary services and cut off all the forks at the knees. Sure, there's Amazon Fire OS and OxygenOS (and CyanogenOS)... but there could be a WHOLE LOT MORE forks if Google hadn't exercised some control over it. 

Not sure how other open source projects can follow suit because they don't have the same clout as Google does with Android.. but.. 

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Michelle
Michelle
9/29/2016 10:02:41 PM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
I had no idea this was going on! Thanks for sharing the link. You're right about the rate of acceleration -- telcos need to get moving to keep up

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faryl
faryl
9/29/2016 10:36:34 PM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
It reminds me of doing web development and needing to take all the different browsers into account when designing & testing. It must make things incredibly difficult to troubleshoot.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/29/2016 11:29:26 PM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
Michelle, Yup, Microsoft isn't the only one working on adaptable hardware for datacenters, either. FPGA chips could be big for "big computers" -- because they already are. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wired.com/2016/09/microsoft-bets-future-chip-reprogram-fly/amp/

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/30/2016 7:18:27 AM
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Things people love, things people hate ...
There's a common saying that you get divorced from someone partly for the reasons you married them, and this seems to be how the romance is ending for open source right now. The things developers love about it -- lack of central accountability and everybody gets some resources to play with -- are exactly the things that drive business people to distraction.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/30/2016 11:56:18 AM
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Re: Must also play well with hardware...
I totally agree. Telcos need to keep moving in the right direction if they want to keep up. Being able to grow in a fast pace world is crucial.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
9/30/2016 12:14:16 PM
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Open Source
Open Source may have some challenges and a lot to offer so lets see how it turns out.

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