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Linux-Watch: Eric Raymond: Yes, "Open Source" Is Still Meaningful

Mar 02, 2007, 17:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Writing in O'Reilly's Radar, Nat Torkington argues that the term 'open source' is becoming meaningless. He points to SugarCRM's badgeware, through which, he claims, only two-thirds of their code is downloadable, and rPath and MontaVista, which 'sell software that works on Linux but the software itself isn't actually open source.'

"Open-source leader Eric S. Raymond replied to Torkington's essay in a letter to O'Reilly and several journalists, in which he asserted that the open source 'label is still valid and important. I'm a pragmatist, so I'm not going to wave any flags or sing any anthems to argue this, just point out what has worked and continues to work...'"

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