'Software vendors are mere stewards for ideas'
Dec 20, 2010, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Morrison)
"From the outside, the world of open source software can appear
turbulent, disorganised and disparate. But when it comes to the
creation of software, these consequences work to its advantage.
"Open source development is a democracy. These attributes make
Linux effective, interesting, diverting and productive. You can do
what you want with the source code behind the software. You can add
features, remove broken ones, fix problems, bolt on attachments and
even copy an entire project verbatim.
"You can sell the software, use it as part of a commercial
endeavour, rebrand it, copy it, redistribute it and charge to
support it. You can make it your own."