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ZDNet UK: Eric Raymond Interviews

Mar 29, 2002, 23:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"Raymond spoke to ZDNet UK during a recent European speaking tour under the auspices of the UK and Danish Unix Users Groups.

"Q: You co-founded the Open Source Initiative in late 1998 with the goal of making free software credible outside of the hacker community. What progress has been made since then?

"A: I think to a large extent we succeeded in our initial program, which was in positioning the open-source label as something the typical corporate manager could deal with without being frightened. And I think one of the effects of that has been to empower advocates of open source inside corporations. Now they have a set of resources to point to that aren't as it were ideologically tainted... there are elements of the Free Software Foundation that are not real happy with that..."

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