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Can We Advance Open Source by Sacrificing Software Freedom?

Jun 17, 2008, 21:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"The relationship of mutual benefit that exists between mobile device makers and the open source development community on which they increasingly depend presents a unique paradox. Specifically, advancing the development of free software sometimes necessitates compromises that limit software freedom, particularly when it comes to providing open-source support for technologies like DRM. Nokia open source director Ari Jaaksi shared some of his thoughts about this paradox at the Handsets World Conference in Berlin last week, where he argued in favor of finding a stronger middle-ground through communication.

"Jaaksi notes that there are some important lessons that Nokia has learned from the open source community, such as the value of working upstream..."

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