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CNET News: Panel: Shared Work, Not Suits, Key to Open Source

Nov 22, 2003, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Becker)

"Open-source software is about more than free code and occasionally troublesome licensing models.

"That was the message from the main open-source discussion at the Comdex trade show Thursday, where panelists focused on the value of collaboration and tried--almost successfully--to ignore distractions like the SCO legal battle.

"'We spend a lot of time thinking this is all about licensing,' said moderator Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Publishing, a leading publisher of programming guides and other technical books. However, the community's achievements don't always have a licensing element. 'The open-source developer has been ahead of the curve in figuring out how to do remote collaboration,' he said. 'That's very powerful, and it doesn't depend on the license...'"

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