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ZDNet: One agnostic's view on open source theology

Jun 06, 2001, 19:00 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack MacCrisken)

[ Thanks to Frogger for this link. ]

He's not the first to make the point, but ZDNet's Jack MacCrisken points out that many open-source advocates (notably, Bruce Perens) assume that if you're not part of their solution you're part of the problem. Trouble is, he says, the real world isn't as Manichaean as this viewpoint -- and people who choose Microsoft tools are not automatically evil:

"The most frustrating aspect of the group manifesto is the assumption that if you're not part of their solution you're part of the problem--that one must choose between Free Software and the Dark Side, as represented by 'traditional' software companies such as Microsoft. Open source software can come in many forms, with varying rights to modify the source code and varying degrees of intellectual property protection. Ironically the Perens group alludes with approval to the success of the Apache web server, which is developed and maintained cooperatively under a BSD-type open source license that does not have the viral properties of GPL."

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