What Matters to Open Source: Licensing or Community?
Feb 11, 2010, 17:33 (4 Talkback[s])
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"When it comes to defining open source, licensing is a critical
topic since it's the license that helps to make an application or
effort open. But for Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source
Initiative, it's not necessarily the only key success factor for
open source projects.
"That might sound strange considering that licensing is the
bread and butter for the OSI, the body that determines whether a
license is open source. But Tiemann , who also serves as the vice
president of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, recognizes that
licensing isn't the be all and end all for open source.
""I have come to place a much greater importance for alternative
aspects of open source than just strict licensing," Tiemann told
InternetNews.com. "I have come to believe that a license alone is
neither a secret to success nor an absolution of sin.""
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