Brian Behlendorf Archive

The SourceXchange Model:
Some people think of the Open Source community as a Zen-like band of code-warriors who couldn't be bothered with earthly pleasures -- an army of hackers willing to solve any technical problem without compensation. In reality, developers write Open Source software for a reason: sometimes it's to solve a particular problem ("scratching your own itch"), sometimes it's to be associated with a cool project, sometimes it's for peer recognition, and sometimes -- if you're one of the lucky few -- it's for money.
How The Web Was Won
Where did Apache come from? How has a diverse group of programmers spread out all over the world created a program that captured the majority market share in this important software category?