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What rankles in open source buy-outs

Jan 07, 2010, 15:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Blankenhorn)

"But there is such a thing as moral equity. What was us is now you, and you sold out, why shouldn't I be offended, and why should I trust anyone like you again?

"You got my help based on an honest copyleft license, I let myself become dependent on that goodwill, and now I'm supposed to smile because you sold out to the guy I invested so much in you to avoid?

"What concerns me in this example is not so much what Oracle or VMWare may do with their asset. It's what people who have invested time and money in open source communities may now decide to do."

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