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LinuxPower: Where We Are All Citizens: Openlaw and DeCSS

Jun 05, 2000, 14:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Warren)

"...These days, the "open source" computer software movement is approximately half reality and half mythology, with a fair dash of blind ideology thrown in for flavor. It's very tempting to only talk about the advantages of developing using an open development model, while totally ignoring the drawbacks and challenges that come with a completely open model of work."

"One of the major challenges that any open development project must face is that often, completely reasonable people will differ greatly on important issues, and all work best in different ways."

"Openlaw DVD was founded with the ideal of open development in mind: rapid engineering, strong flaw analysis, open and public infrastructure. The thoughts on the part of many were that any project presented to this group of talented and informed individuals would be accomplished quickly and well. After all, we were dealing with intelligent people here; surely experienced attorneys and technical professionals could sit down and combine their talents into something useful."

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