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Why Open Source Needs an Attitude Adjustment

May 23, 2008, 01:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Recession be damned. The first quarter of the year saw a record $203.7 million of venture capital flow to young open source companies. You'd think that would be a cause for celebration, but for too many members of the open source community money is, well, icky.

"I pick that word deliberately, because the snarky elitists who want to keep open source pure--and poor--remind me of children. Case in point: MySQL. Not long before the database company was scooped up by Sun, at great profit to the founders and employees, there was a lot of nastiness about the decision to make a small set of features in WorkBench available to paying customers only..."

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