"Do you use O'Reilly software?"
I said "No, I read some of their books."
After a while he asked what I do for a living, I replied:
"I write Perl for a living."
He responded, "Oh, well Perl is O'Reilly software."
I then went on to explain that he is WRONG! That started me thinking (uh oh)... is Perl an ORA product? This guy thinks so, and I bet he isn't unique. I went over to perl.com and looked as someone who doesn't know much about Perl.
If you think about it, it does look (based on the site) that Perl is an ORA product. The graphic at the top "O'REILLY PERL.COM THE SOURCE FOR PERL" Ok, so perl.com is the "source for Perl" and perl.com is apparntly owned, operated and maintained by ORA. So far, looks like it could be an ORA product.
Basically, look at the whole page. The 'source for Perl' is a big ORA advertisement. Look then at python.org and ruby-lang.org. Both sites look like grass-roots sites with no corporate backing or ownership.
So, I guess it could look like Perl is ORA software to some folks. Is it a bad thing? A good thing? Does it matter?