Archive for December, 2004

TBL and Open Source vs. Closed Source

I have just heard that Tim Berners-Lee, father of the world wide web, has accepted a post at my old university. What a coup! I wonder how they pulled that off?

Meanwhile /. has mentioned a conversation along the lines of Open Source vs. Secret source between Sun’s Tim Bray and Microsoft’s Joe Marini. I’m actually somewhat agnostic here, I’ve released GPL’d code but understand that sometimes closed-source is a commercial necessity. What I find funny is that while Tim’s blog withstood the huge flood of visitors, Joe’s (running MS’s closed source IIS) quickly stopped serving pages. I know that they probably don’t run on the same hardware, have the same band-width and the pages are probably different sizes but it still made me giggle a little.