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Open Source Developers Should Thank Apple? Did The Police Thank The Mafia?

Jun 10, 2010, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Shimel)

"Utter nonsense! First of all, if Apple is using all of that open source technology, how is it that none of what they push down to us is open source? In my mind that makes Apple a parasite of open source. They have used the technology, are notmaking the resulting products open source and are contributing zero back to the community. Why is that any different with that and what the Mafia does? They both are just taking, not giving back and living off of the work of others.

"Here is another issue. Whether Apple was open or not, there would still be competition to its products. It is pure capitalism at its finest. That some of that competition would be open source is a testament to the open source movement's success. But taking Walker-Morgan's reasoning, why wouldn't Apple's success push Microsoft, Blackberry or any other vendor to a higher level too? Are only open source models subject to the market laws of competition?"

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