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osOpinion: Open Source Software in a Different Light

Aug 29, 2000, 11:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"What possibilities exist that the primary proponents of the concept, and thus the perceptions of Open Source software, haven't conveyed the essence or its true meaning? Put another way, can conventional thinking provide the distinctions necessary for commerce to thrive under Open Source or will people merely adapt to the existing belief system which originally excludes Open Source?"

"Depending on how one invests them in the reality of Open Source, the full cognition of it may elude its advocates and provide a false perception within the public perception. In exploring some realities of Open Source, we can begin to understand the drivers of the shift in the models of how software is made and distributed in the near and distant future."

"For background, please understand I tend to write when events around me trigger something I recognize but can't describe exactly. I use writing as a way to gain clarity on a subject invoked. For instance, last Friday, a lead software engineer at my company, uploaded a piece of server software to our ftp site. The product runs on Sun Solaris 2.6 - 8. I got excited because the project shares the same code base as its predecessor developed for Linux as a messaging and collaboration server for Microsoft Outlook."

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