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WebReview.com: Second Thoughts on Open Source and Originality

Aug 06, 2000, 18:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Swaine)


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"I had intended to make it clear that the first assertion, the one about Free Software/Open Source lacking originality, was a passing thought, not something that I believed. That I didn't make that clear was clear when I checked my mail Friday."

"Readers quickly wrote to remind me of the innovations due to Free Software/Open Source: the Internet, email, news groups, the World Wide Web, Perl, TeX. The lack of originality of Free Software/Open Source is a myth, and I shouldn't be perpetuating it. Fair enough."

"But I think the rest of my argument still works. Free Software/Open Source is all about building on what others have done, and the admonition to steal (in the artistic sense) rather than borrow (also in the artistic sense) is still good, and still needs saying, it seems to me."

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