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Is open source becoming like Microsoft?

Feb 02, 2009, 19:47 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Even as traffic is up to Microsoft's open-source code hosting site, CodePlex, and even as it starts to release code under standard open-source licenses like Apache and openly include open-source code in its products like Powerset, the open-source world seems to be closing off somewhat.

"WordPress? Written for MySQL. PHP? Same. The list goes on.

"While I'm glad to see a robust and growing open-source ecosystem, and while I recognize that some decisions like this are driven by technology and not any desire to omit support for proprietary databases and application servers, I'm not as glad to see one that replicates all that I dislike about proprietary ecosystems."

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