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osOpinion: Corporate Control of Open Source - Only in Asylums

Sep 12, 2000, 06:36 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"The strength of Open Source comes from the fact that there's no single governing body."

"The idea of corporations having power over the future of Open Source demonstrates how incongruous or contradictory terms can combine to form an oxymoron. Corporate power and Open Source provide as rhetorical a figure of incongruity as the standard analogies of deafening silence or mournful optimist."

"The answer to the "increasingly heated question of how much power a corporation should have over the future of open source" is: None...."

"PC and server vendors can disrupt the Open Source desktop projects. They can create confusion and support disruptive people within the community. If anything last week demonstrated how they can disrupt the KDE team. Just the perception of a threat caused the KDE project and its sponsor to alter their licenses. So, yes, the involvement of PC and server vendors can effect projects but not Open Source."

"Open Source isn't a thing. So, no bandwagon exists. This isn't a question of voting. Compaq, HP, IBM and Sun can lobby and don't get to vote just like you and I or anyone else doesn't get to vote. The only way anyone votes is if they use the applications. Otherwise, we're not holding any elections."

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