Article note: This is the kind of thing we should be teaching our CS undergrads.
Other than ones that take Rafi Finkel's CS450 elective, now that most CS students don't take EE380, I don't think UK's get _any_ exposure to how computing came to be the way it is, and that is a real problem.
Article note: As always when someone gets all FUDy about solid open source stacks replacing their rentseekingware business, "Fuck 'em."
It's a shame, Paragon has made some nice, useful stuff on top of other people's FOSS work.
When software and operating system giant Microsoft announced its support for inclusion of the exFAT filesystem directly into the Linux kernel back in August, it didn't get a ton of press coverage. But filesystem vendor Paragon Software clearly noticed this month's merge of the Microsoft-approved, largely Samsung-authored version of exFAT into the VFS for-next repository, which will in turn merge into Linux 5.7—and Paragon doesn't seem happy about it.
Yesterday, Paragon issued a press release about European gateway-modem vendor Sagemcom adopting its version of exFAT into an upcoming series of Linux-based routers. Unfortunately, it chose to preface the announcement with a stream of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) that wouldn't have looked out of place on Steve Ballmer's letterhead in the 1990s.
Breaking down the FUD
Paragon described its arguments against open source software—which appeared directly in my inbox—as an "article (available for publication in any form) explaining why the open source model didn't work in 3 cases."
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.