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Upside: Can we marry the open source and commercial worlds?

Jun 28, 2000, 16:35 (3 Talkback[s])
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"First noted in this column a few weeks back, the "gated community" definition is still a bit rough around the edges. At the time, Collab.net president Bill Portelli used the notion of a suburban gated community as a colorful way to describe his company's plans for grafting the open source, or community-based, development model onto pre-existing proprietary software projects."

"A number of the companies working with us have expressed interest in applying the open source model only with more restrictive options, something similar to Sun's (SUNW) Community Source License with Java," Portelli said. "We like to call it a gated software community."

"Given both the journalistic and hacker worlds' penchant for wordplay, it seems only natural that Portelli's words would sprout legs. Sure enough, when Andover.net-owned (ANDN) Slashdot referenced the quote last weekend, asking readers what they thought about "gated communities," few respondees seemed mystified by the reference or hostile to its undertones."

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