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IBM developerWorks: To open source or not to open source

May 07, 2000, 15:55 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam L. Beberg)

"Open source represents both opportunities and threats that need to be taken into account when planning the future of any software project. Adam L. Beberg examines the times when open source is a good idea, and when it's not, from a business perspective."

"The open source movement has grown to a level of religious devotion, and this may have scared you away from using open source in your projects. But the open source movement has gained momentum for many reasons: it's idealistic, coders work on fun things, and it gets everyone low or no-cost software complete with source code. Keep in mind that no matter what the zealots say, there is no one way to define the terms and no right answers."

"The fact is, open source isn't an all-or-nothing thing. There are times when open source is the only sensible choice; there are other times when open source doesn't make much sense at all; and there are more ways to apply an open source license to your code than you might have realized."

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