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Two on ADTI Open-Source White Paper

Jun 11, 2002, 20:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo, David F. Skoll)

Wired.com: Report Flays Open-Source Licenses

"After appearing on the Web for a few hours last week, a much-anticipated report on the possible threats to national security posed by open-source software was pulled by its authors, who said that the report needed more editing.

"But despite its hasty un-publication, the full report -- called "Opening the Open Source Debate," by Kenneth Brown of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution -- still made it onto Slashdot on Monday, where its low opinion of open source was roundly criticized.

"Bruce Perens, an open-source developer and author of The Open Source Definition, said he saw 'Microsoft's paws all over this report...'"

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Roaring Penguin: Critique of ADTI White Paper

"The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (AdTI) has finally published its white paper entitled 'Opening the Open Source Debate'. My earlier comments were based on media reports and e-mail correspondence with the paper's author. This document was written after I read the actual white paper. (The original link seems not to work; I managed to grab a copy of the paper before AdTI pulled it. This link may work.)

"The AdTI's very weak and poorly-researched paper opens no debate. It simply confirms that Microsoft paid AdTI to come up with something---anything---to stem the growing adoption of open-source (especially GPL'd) software by business and government.

"Let's take a look at the paper in detail..."

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