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WIRED: Open Source's Dot-Net Less Open

Jan 29, 2002, 07:08 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Ximian's efforts to commercialize Linux applications while still remaining true to the cause of open source seem to have been well received in the open-source world, but they have been criticized before. When the company announced a $9.95-per-month subscription plan last month -- ostensibly to facilitate downloading its wares -- the news was greeted with few smiles on Slashdot, which is usually a good place to gauge the happiness of Linux lovers.

But Bruce Perens, an open-source pioneer who now works as an adviser to Hewlett Packard on its Linux systems, said that he didn't believe the license change was going to upset too many people.

"The thing to make really clear is that both licenses are accepted as free software and as open source," he said. "The GPL says, 'For the grant of my software, you give me yours, too.' The X11 says, 'It would be nice if you gave me your improvements for my software, but I really don't care that much.' It's a different way of looking at things," Perens said."

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