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Bruce Perens: Open-source backers: No fear

Dec 14, 2000, 19:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)

"In a recent column, ZDNet News columnist Mary Jo Foley asked, "Open-source backers: Are you afraid?"

"Citing the recent rush of corporations such as IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and even Sun to open source, she wondered why open-source purists weren't afraid of being co-opted by big companies."

"Mary Jo, we planned for this to happen, and we're overjoyed that it has come about."

"In with the GNU In 1984, Richard Stallman started to build the GNU system that underlies what most people call "Linux" today."

"Stallman, as you can see from his GNU manifesto, isn't a corporation today. And yet, the corporations are participating in open source using Stallman's rules: Most successful partnerships of corporations and the community use Stallman's GPL and LGPL software licenses."

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