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osOpinion: The Warped Perspective: Open Source as Mediocrity's Mediator

Dec 11, 2001, 11:44 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"Ideally, all software should be open-source, just as music is, and just as literature is. I can look at each word of the Bible or "War and Peace" and decide for myself whether it is great literature. Being able to read the contents of a product is not necessarily tantamount to giving it away.

But until everything becomes open-source, the next best thing is to find a software vendor who depends on quality to survive, instead of one that is leaning on its monopoly to enforce the secretive, cloaked world of closed-source codes. If you're going to buy a closed-source product, make sure it's from someone with integrity."

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