Yahoo!/ZDNet: Open-source brouhaha: Missing the pointJul 25, 2001, 16:21 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Behlendorf)
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Brian Behlendorf of CollabNet argues that debate between Microsoft and the open source/Free Software community has needlessly polarized to the point that a valuable middle ground has been overlooked. The item's a bit of a pitch for both CollabNet (which markets something a lot like the commentator's "middle ground") and the O'Reilly convention (where Craig Mundie will be involved in a much-hyped debate with open source figures):
"...Let's start with a few assumptions. First, all software needs a critical mass of developers to build it, maintain it, and make it usable for others. Second, developers will not always magically appear around an open-source project once it's launched; "if you build it, they will come" is not always true, and there are plenty of stillborn open-source projects that provide evidence for that.
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