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NewsForge: Is it borrowing or stealing? Giving credit where it's due

Jan 10, 2001, 06:57 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"In the Open Source community, information and ideas are free-flowing. We keep our hands open, holding on loosely, to paraphrase an old song, letting the seeds of knowledge spill into the laps of others, or even allowing them to be scooped up by intrigued passers-by. "Enjoy, have fun," we say. "Take, and use as you see fit, but lest you forget, there is a price...."

"The Open Source community doesn't begrudge the concept of sharing freely, however. It's more a way of life, a philosophy, instead of a way of squeaking by without pissing off the masses. We create our best stuff, hoping that someone will like it enough to adopt it. Leftovers simply won't do."

"Almost sounds too altruistic to be true. But that's the cool thing about the Open Source community. The first fruits of fertile imaginations are all there for the taking. In the traditional business model, products are almost always profit-makers, and companies give away accompanying services to "add value" to their wares, while still protecting proprietary structures and implementations."

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