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Advogato: Open Source and Business: where do you draw the line?

May 18, 2000, 11:17 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bodo Bauer)

"A lot has been written about Open Source and business- in recent years, quite a few companies have been founded on Open Source principles. One point that has yet to be addressed is the loss of idealism that threatens the movement's original spirit."

"Having been involved with Open Source in the last seven years, and having worked for companies that claim to create Open Source products has given me an inside view of this development. While the GNU/Linux hype that we've seen has made it easy to acquire resources for Open Source projects, some of the companies that were created from this hype are now in a precarious position as investors are demanding to see revenue and profit, and the Open Source aspect of the company is pushed into the background."

"As a software engineer who strongly believes in the freedom the GPL gives us, and as a big fan of Open Source software, I find myself in a position where I must question my involvement, and consider where to draw the line when my company makes a transition to closed source software development."

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