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Neuralscape: Prospering in the Open Source Software Era

May 05, 2001, 22:45 (4 Talkback[s])
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Pitched to us as another response to Mr. Mundie, this particular piece is a little above the fray of the last few days in that it sets out in a less reactionary manner to define the nature of open source software. It's not aimed at Microsoft so much as it proprietary software vendors in general:

"With respect to entrepreneurs and creative folks in general, the essence of the redeeming nature of the open source software phenomenon can be appreciated when one considers the empowering effect open source software can have in the creative process. We, as a society, have become fully dependent on our computers and the software that runs on them. Most innovation occurring these days is supported and enabled by these computer technologies. The legacy software business model of the proprietary software vendor era constrained and taxed the creative process. The constraints were in fact prohibiting innovation to the extent the proprietary software constrained the creative endeavors of corporations and individuals to be bounded by the capability of that proprietary software's feature set. Open source software is just the opposite. Use of open source software invites innovation and novel extension of the capability and functionality of the software. In of itself, this is laudable and of great utility, but the real story here is for groups tasked to develop new ideas and technology within R&D groups. Within these organizations, open source software is a substrate for innovation, effectively removing the artificial constraints that have been the status quo for the past quarter century."

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