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The Meaning of Open Source

May 30, 2008, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Like many Linux Journal readers, I have been upgrading my Gibbons to Herons recently. And like many readers, I imagine, I have been finding a few little challenges along the way. That was no surprise, since it's pretty much par for the course when carrying out a major upgrade. But something else did surprise me, although in retrospect I see that it shouldn't have.

"To begin with, I tried to fix things that the upgrade threw up on my own. I reasoned--somewhat optimistically, perhaps--that it was just a matter of applying some logic. But then I realised that this was a stupid thing to do--real closed-source thinking. After all, one of the central ideas behind open source is that if we collaborate, and build on the work of others, less effort will be required from each of us, and the end-result will be better. What was the point of re-inventing this particular wheel if others had been there before me...?"

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