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Bob Metcalfe Re-Evaluates Open Source

Apr 26, 2007, 16:30 (10 Talkback[s])

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"Bob Metcalfe may not have invented the Internet, but few people's technical achievements have done more to make it popular and accessible than the father of Ethernet and founder of 3Com. Metcalfe and the open source community got a little bit sideways with each other last century, but that appears to be all in the past now.

"Metcalfe remembers being accused of 'likening the open source movement to Communism, which, as you know, failed after a 70-year experiment in the Soviet Union. Even after I wrote I was just kidding, the movement was relentless in its vicious anonymous-coward Slashdot-ish counterattacks, which I found revealing about the movement. Fortunately, I have thick skin..."

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