Eroding the Meaning of "Open Source," IBM-Style
Aug 08, 2007, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Aslett)
"There's been a lot of talk recently about the meaning of 'open
source' being eroded thanks to the likes of Centric CRM and
Microsoft with a feeling that Microsoft is out to 'corrupt the
meaning and value of 'Open Source.''
"I recently argued that Microsoft should be given the benefit of
the doubt while Matt Asay has argued against discrimination.
"After all, when it comes to eroding the meaning of 'open
source,' one need look no further than the apparent protector of
all things Linux, IBM. As yesterday's announcement from LinuxWorld
shows, the company is more than happy to stretch the meaning of