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LinuxInsider: Open Source Not Without Risks

Nov 10, 2003, 17:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Hein)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Here is the scene: A big company produces open source software and charges large sums of money for the code. Then they ask the customer to assume the legal and financial risk for that software. Sounds like science fiction right? Actually this is what IBM is asking its customers to swallow. One such product is WebSphere, based on the open source Apache Web server. In fact any IBM product developed on an open source platform falls into the same category. The argument is that a customer could change the product themselves.

"This is another follow-on from the SCO attempt to sue everyone on the planet using Linux. Basically the SCO initiative appears to be aimed at the whole open source market and an attempt to destabilize the concept..."

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