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NewsForge: Open Source Software Economics

Nov 04, 2003, 00:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Welch)

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"As an occasional user of Linux, and someone in the software industry, I've followed the 'Open Source' movement for quite some time. To a minority, Open Source Software (specifically GPL licensed Open Source Software) represents an ideological and sociological movement, something that will change the world. To the majority, it is simply a way to get cool and useful software without going through the expense of buying, or the hassle of pirating it.

"'Open Source Software' is not a new concept; it's just recently been coined as a catchy phrase. For decades, people have routinely released source code into the wild, and told people to do what they will with it. I was doing it about 15 years ago, and many others were doing it long before me. What's different is that people consider it a movement, and a movement with some momentum--and they do have a point, but the situation isn't as simple as it might seem..."

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