Since Steve turned Apple's earning report into a rant against everyone and everything Google, followed by Andy's sniper-style snarky response on Twitter, you can't shake a stick without hitting someone involved in the industry sharing their views on what is and isn't open. (Hey, look! Here are ours!) Joe Hewitt, of Mozilla and Facebook fame, is no exception. On Tuesday he, too, had his five-minute meltdown via Twitter, bashing Google for its definition of open compared to his, with remarks like "Point I am trying to make is, Rubin bickering with Jobs is a farce, because both refuse to share the one thing that matters: control."
Joe has taken the opportunity to make his views clearer, and in a much more tame fashion on his blog. He makes some really valid points, and you should read it. If you're any type of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) supporter or detractor, you should definitely read it. I read it, and can't argue his points too much. One of our favorite Googlers, Tim Bray, read it, and according to Tim "Joe Hewitt is OK by me." Don't disagree with Tim there, either. The one question that isn't answered -- is there really a Facebook Android phone in the works, and did that influence Joe Hewitt to clarify his opinion? Tinfoil hats on, everybody! [Joe Hewitt via @timbray]
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