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A golden age of open source innovation?

Mar 15, 2012, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Moody)

"One of the most persistent criticisms of open source is that it is not innovative, but is simply a re-working of other people's ideas. Here's a famous statement of that view by Microsoft's Jim Allchin from the first Halloween Document

"When describing this problem to JimAll, he provided the perfect analogy of 'chasing tail lights'. The easiest way to get coordinated behavior from a large, semi-organized mob is to point them at a known target. Having the taillights provides concreteness to a fuzzy vision. In such situations, having a taillight to follow is a proxy for having strong central leadership.

"That was back in 1998, but things weren't much better in 2006, when The Economist wrote a long feature about open source and its 'limitations':"

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