osOpinion: Corporate Control of Open Source - Only in Asylums
Sep 12, 2000, 06:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The strength of Open Source comes from the fact that
there's no single governing body."
"The idea of corporations having power over the future of Open
Source demonstrates how incongruous or contradictory terms can
combine to form an oxymoron. Corporate power and Open Source
provide as rhetorical a figure of incongruity as the standard
analogies of deafening silence or mournful optimist."
"The answer to the "increasingly heated question of how much
power a corporation should have over the future of open source" is:
"PC and server vendors can disrupt the Open Source desktop
projects. They can create confusion and support disruptive people
within the community. If anything last week demonstrated how they
can disrupt the KDE team. Just the perception of a threat caused
the KDE project and its sponsor to alter their licenses. So, yes,
the involvement of PC and server vendors can effect projects but
not Open Source."
"Open Source isn't a thing. So, no bandwagon exists. This isn't
a question of voting. Compaq, HP, IBM and Sun can lobby and don't
get to vote just like you and I or anyone else doesn't get to vote.
The only way anyone votes is if they use the applications.
Otherwise, we're not holding any elections."
- GNOME.org: GNOME Foundation and GNOME User FAQs Posted(Sep 11, 2000)
- ZDNet: Open source: KDE hits back at GNOME(Sep 08, 2000)
- KDE: Official Response to GNOME Foundation(Sep 01, 2000)
- Linux.com: KDE: Konspiracy, Kalumny, Konsternation?(Aug 31, 2000)
- ZDNet: GNOME on the range(Aug 23, 2000)
- ZDNet: GNOME vs. KDE: This means war?(Aug 22, 2000)
- osOpinion: The GNOME Ascendant(Aug 21, 2000)
- eWeek: GNOME Throws Down the Gauntlet(Aug 17, 2000)
- LWN: A talk with KDE developer Kurt Granroth(Aug 17, 2000)
- GNOME.org: The GNOME Community and Industry Leaders Join Forces(Aug 15, 2000)
- The Register: KDE responds: we're not scared(Aug 15, 2000)