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Nov 03, 1999, 19:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juancarlo AƱez)

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"When royalties are out of the question, programmers find innovative ways of earning profits, such as providing value-added services. New ways of making business out of open source are being invented every day."

"Amateurs!" That's what critics call open-source programmers. And sometimes they really mean "hackers": those who lack the knowledge and attitude required to do the job well. Well, open-source software is open after all, and anyone, knowledgeable or not, can take a "hack" at it. But the quality of open-source software like BIND or Sendmail (on which the Internet lives and breathes), or of the many components of Linux distributions, leaves no room for doubt: these guys know what they're doing."

"More frequently, though, the term "amateur" is used in contrast to "professional"; it distinguishes those who work at something for fun from those who do the job seriously -- for a living. Last week I suggested that those who perceive open-source programmers to be mere hobbyists were in for a big surprise. Well, surprise!"

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