The Problem with OpenTelemetry

The author expresses frustration with the direction of OpenTelemetry, arguing that it has lost focus and expanded too far beyond its original purpose of distributed tracing. They critique the lack of clear vision, leadership, and focus on unnecessary features like logs and metrics. The author suggests a need for a more specialized, lightweight framework for tracing purposes only, separate from metrics and logging concerns. They propose a solution that prioritizes simplicity, performance, and user needs over committee-driven design choices. The author emphasizes the importance of staying focused on solving real problems that users actually have.

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