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O'Reilly Radar: Is "Open Source" Now Completely Meaningless?

Feb 27, 2007, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nat Torkington)

"I'm deep into building the OSCON schedule. I've found some very strange companies claiming to be open source. For example, Vyatta makes an 'open source router.' Their web site talks big about open source and community, but it turns out they're not talking about developers. In fact, the only download I could find was a live .iso of their 'community edition.' No CVS, no subversion, no trac. It appears that their business model is to charge for the updates you'd get for free if there was CVS. They might give away the source on the .iso (I haven't checked) but without the live source tree exposed it seems quite hollow. (update: Vyatta source is in git, though in my defense you can't find this out from their downloads page only the wiki. Their entire product is GPL, so they're as open source as they come. I apologize for misfiring...)"

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