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Who Should Lead the Open Source Community?

Mar 22, 2008, 00:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reuven Lerner)

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"Open source software has existed for many years. But we have only had a common definition and term for 10 years. We know this, because it was only in April 1998 that publisher Tim O'Reilly hosted a summit for the authors of several well-known software packages--including GNU founder Richard Stallman, Perl author Larry Wall, Linux creator Linus Torvalds, and Python author Guido van Rossum. Common to all of these authors was not just the quality and popularity of their software, but also the fact that they distributed them free of charge, including the source code.

"O'Reilly realized that for all of their personal and philosophical differences, there was something common to this group, and he asked them to find common ground..."

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