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Jul 13, 2000, 12:50 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Bruce Perens and Tim O'Reilly have engaged in an interesting and contentious debate on the notion of gated software communities. While both have thoughtful points of view, both ultimately fall prey to a common misconception about open source business models. The naive reader of these two essays could easily come to the conclusion that a commitment to open source must be a charitable act motivated by an ideological notion of what is politically and morally correct, and that this commitment inevitably conflicts with self-interested business practices. The truth is quite the opposite."

"Bruce's sin is the lesser here, and at least consistent with his earlier views. So let me start there."

"A gated software community is one in which the copyright holder of a particular piece of software and the licensed users of that software share source code, changes, updates, and can redistribute among themselves, but do not share or redistribute outside that group."

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