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Mad Penguin: Open Source: Understanding the Core Principles

Feb 08, 2007, 03:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to Matt D. for this link. ]

"Earlier today, I stumbled upon an article that was filled with reader comments stating that the sellers of open source software are to be dismissed as scam artists. Those in this crowd that actually understand the legal bindings of the individual license(s) and definition of open source generally pointed out that they feel such sales are unethical - just not illegal. Fine. But what kills me are these misguided individuals that claim that laws are being broken should said software be sold to the end user. This is false. What they apparently misunderstand is that open source software offer a fairly complex license. And while variations of a common idea are abound in the open source licensing world, it's still the same concept at its core..."

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