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InfoWorld: Call it what you want, but collaborative software has to thrive in the free market

Mar 01, 1999, 15:32 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Two weeks ago, I granted the InfoWorld Industry Achievement award to the collaborative software community. I chose Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates to represent the community. If you are not yet familiar with some of the strong personalities involved in the various collaborative software movements, it may surprise you that this award actually drew fire from some of the people it was supposed to reward."

"One of the loudest complaints came from Bruce Perens"

"Perens complained in a number of public message forums about my use of the term collaborative software, which he takes to mean 'Open Source without the messy ethics of the people who actually wrote the software.' He continued, 'To symbolize this, the award is accepted by O'Reilly, who never wrote a line of the software, but he sure made a lot of money from it! A sincere award would have gone to a real contributor, like Linus Torvalds [primary author of the Linux kernel] or Richard Stallman [of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project].'"

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