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RoughlyDrafted: Apple & Open Source... Strange Buffaloes?

Jun 22, 2006, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Eran)

"In 'The 'Mac OS X Closed by Pirates' Myth,' I took apart the idea that Apple was backpedaling on their open source efforts because of fears of piracy. The article prompted a fierce reaction from certain open source advocates, who ignored the point I was making in order to profess their devout, fundamentalist faith in the world conquering manifesto of the open source revolution. Part of that faith requires vilifying any who dare defend the release of any binary code without its accompanying source.

"The opinion that Apple's binary-only kernel for Intel involves a huge coverup, or misleading advertising on Apple's part, or is otherwise a broken promise on the level of massive fraud, has been thoroughly beaten into the ground by certain political advocates, who scour the web like an army of GNU-bots, looking for venues to unleash their political screed on open source as a political philosophy. That's the clan Tom Yager was exploiting when he cranked up the sensationalism with 'no story is more timely, or more broadly relevant, than this one...'"

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