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osOpinion: Open Source: It's Nearly Time

Mar 06, 2001, 06:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nothan Phal)

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"Open source is still waiting in the wings. It is huge now, and Linux is one of the most prevalent operating systems in use, short of the monolith Windows 200x. It is growing, too. Fast. Really, really fast."

"Why? Not because it's free, although let's face it, that's a huge advantage these days. Not because it's readily available through the Internet. No, it's down to licenses again."

"The GPL (general public license) protects not the programmers right to "own" the source code and any alterations to it. Neither does it restrict the use of its code, or reserve the right for the owner to accept and refuse changes to be made. In fact, it does just the opposite of these things, while still retaining some degree of ownership with the original programmer."

"The difference between the commercial and open source worlds is simple. It all comes down to ethics."

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