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eWeek: Software Independence

Jul 02, 2001, 15:30 (4 Talkback[s])

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An eWeek staff editorial affirms the need for software independence, and points to Open Source software as a way that corporations and individuals can achieve their software independence.

"Open-source software, although viewed by some as risky and uncertain, does empower users in ways that proprietary software does not. Sure, many needs can be satisfied by good-quality, reasonably priced proprietary software. But the absence of the right to access and change source code and then redistribute those changes is one of those things that some people are willing to fight and make sacrifices for...."

"lower cost and greater empowerment. Sure, there are many flavors of open-source licenses, and they must be read carefully—but so must conventional licenses. The open-source process may seem chaotic to those who aren't used to it, but so did democracy to those used to the rule of monarchs."

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