Today we welcome Matt Klein into our Maintainer Spotlight. Matt is the creator of Envoy, born inside of Lyft. It’s an edge and service proxy designed for cloud-native applications. Envoy was unexpectedly popular, and completely changed the way Lyft considers what and how to open source. While Matt has had several opportunities to turn Envoy into a commercial open source company, he didn’t. In today’s conversation with Matt we learn why he choose a completely different path for the project.
When we talked with Dan Kohn on The Changelog #314 about the CNCF landscape and trail map, he made it clear that graduated projects are a good first choice for adoption at each stage along the 1 through 10 trail map trail. In this case, Envoy is poised to be the “happy path” choice for 5. Service proxy, discovery, & mesh.
…the CNCF projects in general somewhat represent a happy path, where we can confidently say, hey, if you choose our graduated incubating projects, we know they all work. We know that there’s real end-users adopting them. We know that there’s vendors out there who are eager to support them, your issues are gonna get responded to … it’s a pretty safe bet to engage and get invested in those communities. — Play The Changelog #314 at 1:03:48 or read the transcript
Won’t defend Redis Labs, this is a dead end move, but there needs to be more recognition that the economics of OSS are fundamentally broken.
In his post he starts by saying…
I want to provide a long form discussion of my two Twitter threads as this topic is nuanced and quite interesting. Note: this post is heavy on opinion and light on facts/references backing up those opinions. Thus, preface everything that follows with “IMO.”
Matt goes on to share some history of open source software and his opinions on modern expectations of software being free and open, startups and open source, and who pays…