No open source woes here

Posted by dave on Feb 14, 2004 4:39 AM EDT
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If you've ever worked on a car, you can easily understand the concept of open-source software. Some car parts, like a carburetor, can be torn down and rebuilt--you can see all of the working parts inside, and you can fix individual small parts. Other parts, particularly electronic parts, are sealed up tight with glue. If something goes wrong with one of those parts, you can't tear into it and fix it. Instead, you've got to go back to the part maker and get a new sealed piece.

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