"Tim O'Reilly has written and spoken often on what he coins 'The
Open Source Paradigm Shift.' I've heard Tim give this speech a few
times, and read it a few to boot. The one major point that sticks
with me is that the software we 'use' is no longer just on your
desktop/laptop, but the software of the internet that we use
everyday a la Google, eBay, Salesforce.com & Amazon to use his
"Tim goes on to point out that this software that exists only
through our browsers or APIs, doesn't play by the same rules as
does software that we download and use on our own machines. If I
download the source code to the Apache HTTP server I can then
compile it and use it in accordance to its open source license.
This does not apply to a Google or an eBay. Even if you could
download the code that runs Google you couldn't just stick it you
home directory and start it up.... there's no value there. It's not
the same thing at all. It's Infoware..."