TechCrunch posits that Facebook‘s next move is to open source its platform. This would be a bold move on their part. To enter the open source realm is no trivial matter for any company, especially when it is not already a deep rooted part of that company’s culture.
The big questions that arise:
* what open source license would Facebook choose to operate under
* what parts of their platform would be open source versus proprietary
* will they operate under a dual OS/pty model, like mySQL and Sleepycat
* what level of support would there be for adopters of the OS platform – a spec, reference implementation etc.
UPDATE: TechCrunch has been able to confirm that fbOpen, Facebook’s open source initiative will be announced shortly.
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