ComputerWorld: Has Open-Source Lost Its Halo?
Feb 16, 2007, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lai)
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"Is open-source still a grassroots social movement made up of
idealistic underdogs trying to revolutionize an amoral industry? Or
has it become a cloak used by IT vendors large and small to
disguise ruthless and self-serving behavior?
"Some observers argue itâ€™s the latter.
Despite occasional protests from oldtimers--the heated backlash
against the Microsoft-Novell dÃ©tente, for
example--open-source has become so co-opted by mainstream IT, so
transformed by 'accidental open-sourcers' simply looking for a
better business model, that itâ€™s lost its
cherished moral edge..."