Netflix - Another Example of Open Source Hypocracy?
Interestingly, netflix also wants to be known as an Open Source company. Apparently, they use Open Source because it is cheaper, despite various attempts of bribes from commercial companies.
They also claim that they contribute to Open Source without mentioning any evidence. If there is some evidence, please comment about it!
At the end of the referenced blog article by netflix, they announce that they hire people and mention the open source projects they use. Could it be that they are using Open Source because they find a better pool of potential employees?
While it is certainly good that companies show to the world that Open Source is good, reliable and cost-efficient, and that Open Source enthusiasts find jobs, it would be far more helpful to Open Source if they would have the courage to give really support to the community.
In case of netflix, this would be to offer their products (i.e. the streaming of movies via the Internet) to consumers using Open Source. However, according to their website only Microsoft Windows and Apple are supported. There is not even an e-mail contact address, which could be used to ask the possibility to use netflix under Linux, or to lobby for it.
Netflix, if you really want the Open Source community to be your customer, support Open Source in the strongest way that you can, allow us to watch your movies on our Linux computers!!!