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Business Day: Waking From Open Source Dream

Aug 12, 2005, 22:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Waters)

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"The ponytails have been in short supply at the annual LinuxWorld bash in San Francisco this week. Chris DiBona of Google sported one of the few, as if to stress that one of the richest software companies in Silicon Valley remains studiously antiestablishment. Surrounded by trimmer figures in suits, he looked out of place--a throwback to the mythical days of late-night coding, libertarian politics and takeout pizza.

"Something has happened to the open-source software movement. It is losing some of the intellectual purity that first drew in the ponytail crowd. It is being subverted to the interests of bigger technology companies--something that makes the idealists who created it angry and perturbs the romantics who like to see in it proof that individual human ingenuity can still outsmart faceless corporate power..."

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