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LinuxDevCenter: Degrees of Openness

Nov 14, 2006, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adrien Lamothe)

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"The open source software movement has received a lot of press coverage in recent years. A result of this is many people associating the term 'open' with open source software. This popular definition of 'openness' is incomplete. Openness affects many aspects of computing besides freedom to view and modify source code. Shrewd proprietary computer companies have been able to take advantage of popular misconceptions about openness, masking their products in partial degrees of openness, then applying the 'open' label. We should understand the different forms of openness and how they apply to the many facets of computers, software, systems, and even warranties and service agreements..."

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