“Open source software initially was a head-scratcher: ‘How can
you make money selling something for free?’ But once open source
advocates clarified the meaning of free–‘Free as in speech, not as
in beer’–the open source economy took off.
“Commercial software vendors have tried to defend their walled
cities with both marketing pitches and legal threats while
simultaneously lowering their drawbridges with an ‘if you can’t
beat ’em, join ’em’ strategy…”