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Linux.com: Chivalry

Jun 29, 2000, 11:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Stone)

"Open Source has entered mainstream consciousness. We've seen Linux IPOs rise, we've seen Linux IPOs fall, and we've seen Linux IPOs fail to make it out the door at all. The feeling among some long-standing open source programmers ("hackers," in all the best and correct senses of the word) is that their movement has been tarnished by efforts to make a business out of Open Source."

"Yet the Open Source revolution is far from over. The most exciting and the most challenging phase of the revolution has only just begun. Open Source is indeed being assimilated into the business world of Silicon Valley. Yet assimilation will change the business world forever. The new economic rules fostered by Open Source will have as profound an impact as the new technologies and new development models that have emerged from Open Source."

"Why the doubts, then? Why do hackers and venture capitalists alike fear that the crest of the Open Source wave has passed? Because both are bewildered by a false dilemma. Open Source appears caught in a paradox; to gain acceptance and exposure, one must engage in an act of charity: giving away intellectual property. Having gained acceptance, though, one must then make money off that acceptance, and the act of charity limits one's ability to do so."

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