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Processor.com: Whom Do You Trust?

Jan 22, 2004, 04:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

"Recently, I have noted a growing effort by some in IT to question the motives of programmers and organizations that produce open-source solutions. Many of these questions seem to have been encouraged by the seemingly endless stream of highly questionable assertions from SCO Group as it struggles to find some legal footing for its court actions against IBM.

"Regardless of the origin, the complaint against open-source motivations frequently sounds something like this: Businesses rely on capitalist values for success. Open source relies on antibusiness licenses like the GNU GPL (General Public License) and on programmers who write code for some mysterious reason other than selling licenses for profit. Therefore, businesses need to rely on closed-source software written with a clear profit motive rather than open-source software with some untrustworthy, anti-business motive..."

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