Internet Week: The Morality of Open Source
Mar 16, 2004, 21:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Feldman)
[ Thanks to Jason
Greenwood for this link. ]
As I was doing my billing recently, I remarked to my boss that I
always feel bad billing for services I enjoy doing. 'Sure,' he
replied, 'and wouldn't it be great if everyone chipped in to help
pay your mortgage and feed your kids? Oh, wait. That's called
communism.' He's right, and it's a sobering context in which to
consider open source.
"If we follow my boss's line of thinking, open source, or 'free
software,' might be considered communism. But to business and IT
managers, open source isn't about code we don't have to pay for. In
this case, free means freedom, as in the freedom to choose and use
software as we wish, with no proprietary barriers..."