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Ch@nnelWeb: Beware Vendors [e.g., Caldera] Playing Open Source Games

Sep 21, 2000, 20:51 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy D. Wohl)

"...some vendors like to have it both ways. The want credit for being good guys and hewing to the pure brotherhood of Open Source, but they also want the protection or the potential revenue or something--we're not sure what it is ourselves--of closed, proprietary code. They don't get it. You can't be both at the same time. ...Caldera bought most of SCO--the Unix and Professional Services part, leaving the Tarantella part behind--and immediately started dancing the sorta, kinda, purer-than-Microsoft-but-dirtier-than-Linux-should-be Open Dance. It's not hard to recognize."

"Rules for Fake Open Source and How to Recognize It
1. Vendor makes up a new name for his "open source" license and you realize that the license provisions are somehow different than the open source rules you've learned and love.
2. When asked why he chose not to use a standard Open Source license like GPL, vendor has too many answers, all conflicting.
3. Vendor's real reason for using a faux Open Source license is always self-serving. Hiding behind his responsibility to others--"we don't own all the source code"--or to users--"open source code isn't as well maintained"--the vendor's real concern is almost always about controlling and/or protecting his intellectual property and getting paid for it."

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