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Open source: dangerous to computing education?

Feb 18, 2010, 23:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Mark Guzdial, respected professor and Vice Chair of the ACM Education Board, has expressed some concerns about the impact that open source is having on computing education. Are these concerns legitimate?

"He starts from an awfully dramatic position:

""At a time when we are trying to broaden participation in computing, open source development is even more closed and less diverse than commercial software development."

"It's certainly fair to note that the barrier for entry to open source projects is often higher than it needs to be, but to call open source development "even more closed" than commercial software development is clearly, obviously, logically, indefensibly, wrong."

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