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O'Reilly Radar: Open Source: Architecture or Goodwill?

Aug 09, 2006, 21:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim O'Reilly)

"There are a lot of reasons why people make their code open source. I believe that one of the strongest original motivations has often been overlooked. Our hagiography tells the tale of how it all started with the quest for software freedom. But contemporaneous with Richard Stallman's story, other people were taking the same path (releasing source code) for a very different reason: the architecture of Unix.

"That architecture made two enormous contributions to the founding of the open source movement..."

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