TechNewsWorld: Is It Time to Switch to Open-Source Software?
Jul 19, 2005, 01:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reid Goldsborough)
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"The personal computer revolution is all about freedom of
choice, but ironically, software companies typically try to
regulate what you can do. You license a program instead of buying
it outright. You can use it on only one or a specified number of
computers. You can't modify its source code.
"The 'open-source' software movement came into existence in the
late 1990s as a reaction to this. With roots that go back to the
hacker culture of the 1960s, open-source software is developed and
improved by programming-literate users, who then share their
efforts with anyone interested..."