Debating OSS with DHH

The other week I ended up going back and forth in tweets with David Heinemeier Hansson, it wasn’t going anywhere but he graciously invited me to their podcast and we were able to expand the discussion in a way I found really refreshing and mind-opening.

DHH and I have philosophies around work and open source that I believe overlap 95% or more, so that makes where we have differences all that more interesting to mine. Although we would see each other logged into the same server 15 years ago, we haven’t actually spoken directly until this podcast started, but the conversation flowed so naturally you’d think we have been talking since then.

Check out the episode on Open Source and Power on the Rework Podcast, hopefully you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it.

5 thoughts on “Debating OSS with DHH

  1. Hi Matt – great conversation. I can see both sides of the story but I also believe nothing is either good or bad. It all depends how it’s used. So money can be use for good or bad. Influence can be used for good or bad.

    Personally, I love how WordPress is used as a open source optimizer and democratizer.

    I am currently building a global digital nation working remotely around the world, connecting top professionals with full-time, stable remote work they can do from anywhere. Prior to that , I built remote teams on 4 continents for Honeywell Aerospace. My cofounder engineers open source solutions so our platform was build 90% on open source. As a matter of fact, we started 100% on WordPress. Our community now includes over 78,000 professionals from 121 countries, including employees from Fortune 500 and top tech companies. This would be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, if not for open source solutions.

  2. Excellent discussion. Really informative. I first heard about it on another podcast called WP-Tonic. They discussed your discussion. Might be worth a listen.