"Open-source software is about more than free code and
occasionally troublesome licensing models.
"That was the message from the main open-source discussion at
the Comdex trade show Thursday, where panelists focused on the
value of collaboration and tried--almost successfully--to ignore
distractions like the SCO legal battle.
"'We spend a lot of time thinking this is all about licensing,'
said moderator Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Publishing, a leading
publisher of programming guides and other technical books. However,
the community's achievements don't always have a licensing element.
'The open-source developer has been ahead of the curve in figuring
out how to do remote collaboration,' he said. 'That's very
powerful, and it doesn't depend on the license...'"