Ask most people what software they use, and you're not likely to hear Linux. Yet many of the most popular web sites are based on Linux and other open-source tools. Tim says the operating system no longer matters--no more than the browser or the CPU matters. Applications now live above the level of a single device or operating system. The "paradigm failure" is that people don't understand the importance of sites like Amazon.com, eBay, and Google, because they are so locked into the PC application model. "We're commoditizing software in the same way as hardware was commoditized in the '80s," he says, "and value is being driven up the stack to next-generation information services and applications."
Get to know the man behind the animal-woodcut covers that fill our shelves. His mission: "Technology transfer--helping important technologies become more widespread" and to "create more value than we capture."
Many forget how influential O'Reilly & Associates was during the early days of the Internet. They created Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first portal and serious e-commerce web site, which they sold to AOL, who proceeded to drop the ball. (Tim tells us why he doesn't regret selling GNN.) And remember Internet In a Box, a collaboration of O'Reilly and Spry Software?
All of this and more in a great IT Conversation with Tim O'Reilly.
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