When Is Open Source Not That Open Source?
Jul 24, 2008, 22:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"According to Ts'o, the difference between organic and
non-organic is related to how much influence a single corporation
has in the development of an open source product. The broader the
developer community around a project and the lower the barrier to
contributing, the more organic it is. Citing Linux, Apache,
Mozilla, and Eclipse among those in the organic open source camp,
Ts'o singled out OpenSolaris as a prime example of non-organic open
source. In fact, he objected to "Sun claiming that Solaris is just
like Linux because it's open source"--a characterization that
seemed to inspire his interest in asserting these definitions."