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Tech Media Doesn't Get Open Source

Jul 20, 2007, 18:45 (4 Talkback[s])

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"The problem with the tech media (conventional media and tech blogosphere) is that they are way too deep into proprietary software and hit based economic models. This has resulted in way too many misinterpretations about open source. We saw how Nicholas Carr had completely misunderstood the functioning of open source. We also saw how Dan Farber and others used the term open source to purely imply a business model whereas open source is a platform on which various business models plays out. When the open source movement was formed, it was done with an idea to create an environment where various business models can be implemented on top of a platform developed by the free software philosophy. The proponents of open source, at least most of them, didn't roll out open source as a yet another business model. Rather, they created an environment, with a pool of more accommodative licenses, so that the business community (and consumers) could benefit from the advantages of the freedom behind the free software..."

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