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PenguinPPC.org: Apple and Open Source: Two Drinks that Don't Mix

May 25, 2001, 01:17 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeramy B Smith)

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Apple's been a popular topic of late with the recent release of OS X and associated columns lauding and decrying its approach to open source software. This column falls under the latter category, issuing a condemnation of a broadside for floundering Linux support and accusing the company of releasing uncompilable source for Darwin. A brief interlude also asks whether open source advocates have become "addicted to acceptance."

"The open source community has become addicted to acceptance. Since Netscape open sourced mozilla, OSS advocates have become addicted to companies releasing their software source. Is it merely an natural inclination to be accepted? Is there a feeling of victory that makes these business functions become like a prophecy from God to OSS advocates. Whatever the case, when a company like Apple or Netscape open sources something as big as their operating system or browser, many people give them a mile of slack. Many people choose to turn their head and look the other way when they fumble things."

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