Interviewee: Marc Miller
In this interview, we spoke with Marc Miller about his views on the current state of open source software. Marc works for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and in January, Marc took on a role as the open source software evangelist in the AMD Developer Outreach organization enabling Linux kernel and application developers to develop optimized code using both AMD and 3rd party tools and resources. In his role as a software Alliance Manager for AMD 2001-2006, Mr. Miller played a significant role in developing a Linux marketing strategy with a focus on integration of AMD technology with software tools developed by the open source community and industry partners. Throughout his career at AMD, Marc has been a key contact for open source developers wishing to work with AMD, and has been an open source ambassador for AMD, helping to coordinate outbound and inbound communication between AMD and Linux developers.
In this interview Marc talks about:
- Challenges that open source companies have when competing with proprietary software
- Advantages of open source
- Choice also has disadvantages
- Is open-source anti-capitalism?
- The PR value of being open-source
- Open-source is less idealistic and more pragmatic today
- The future is blending open-source and proprietary software