ARM denies, claims it steals open source features

Amazon's cloud computing section of AWP has dismissed claims that the company is stealing features from open-source projects.

The cloud giant was less than pleased with a recent article in The New York Times who criticized the company for integrating open source software created by other users into its offerings. In an article, MariaDB's chief open source manager at the base, Michael Howard even went as far as to say that "A.V.S.'s success lies in gas-mining open-source technologies."

DIA vice president of analytics and factual author Andi Gutmans reported ZDNet website that the DIA's "gas-production" open source argument was stupid and off base, saying:

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“AWS customers have repeatedly requested AWS to build open source managed services. As we shared with the author, the argument that DIA is open source "gas-production" is silly and irrelevant. The story is largely about open source projects and companies that have tried to build a business by commercializing that open source software. These open source projects allow any company to use this software locally or in the cloud and build services with them. AWS customers have repeatedly requested AWS to build open source managed services.”

Open source projects

Gutmans then explained to ZDNet that some people behind open source projects end up building commercial companies around them in which they manage their services for a fee. The projects themselves remain open source, but their management ends up turning into profit for the business.

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AWS itself currently contributes to a number of open source projects including Linux, Java, Kubernetes, Hep, KVM switches, Chrome, Robot OS, Apache Lucene, Redis, s2n, FreeRTOS extensions, and Elasticsearch.

According to the New York Times report, some of its rivals AWS even discuss antitrust claims against the company.

Changes in licensing terms with firms that provide open source database technology in the past have occurred as a result of the success of cloud providers. Companies such as Elastic, MongoDB and Redis have had issues with how cloud providers package their open source for use on their platforms.

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Through ZDNet website

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