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This isn't "Open Source"

Feb 27, 2009, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

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"Mr Steel writes:

"I don't like the term "Open Source". It's misleading; what many people mean is "anything but Microsoft"; few businesses actually use open source directly -- they buy software derived from open source that has been commercially packaged and sold with support, which, in practice, is little different to licensed software.

"Well, no: there's nothing misleading in the term. It's tightly defined by the rigorous and well-understood Open Source Definition, which has nothing whatsoever to do with "anything but Microsoft"; indeed, Microsoft actually has some OSD-approved licences -- the Microsoft Public License and Microsoft Reciprocal License: so does this mean that Microsoft is pushing "anything but Microsoft" too?"

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