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LinuxWorld: Open source: It's the law -- Can open source apply to the US Constitution and the law?

Mar 14, 2000, 01:58 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Overwhelmingly, responses to my last column contained challenges from readers who did not think that language or a dictionary were very adequate comparisons to use in a discussion of open source development and free software...."

"For those who object that language isn't the best comparison for the open source development model, I offer another: open source development is like the law."

"Take the United States Constitution, one of my favorite constitutions of all time. Everyone is taught in school -- but few people recall in day-to-day life -- that the US Constitution was written by a collective of authors, who pulled all-nighters from May until September 1787 to hack this document together at the Constitutional Convention."

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