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ComputerWorld: Has Open-Source Lost Its Halo?

Feb 16, 2007, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Is open-source still a grassroots social movement made up of idealistic underdogs trying to revolutionize an amoral industry? Or has it become a cloak used by IT vendors large and small to disguise ruthless and self-serving behavior?

"Some observers argue it’s the latter. Despite occasional protests from oldtimers--the heated backlash against the Microsoft-Novell détente, for example--open-source has become so co-opted by mainstream IT, so transformed by 'accidental open-sourcers' simply looking for a better business model, that it’s lost its cherished moral edge..."

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