Theme for the Weekend: Open Source Problems/Misuse

Posted by tadelste on Mar 19, 2006 6:12 AM EDT
LXer.com site; By Herschel Cohen
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The topic of misuse of Open Source term has appeared implicitly and explicitly in several articles published on this site. Moreover, the same sense of confusion has been reflected in the comments section. Hence, for those new to the site and for others we a repeating several of these opinion pieces so that they can be viewed together as a problem that must be solved.

We are beginning with Tom Adelstein's most recent review published earlier this week:

Considering the Misuse of Open Source

Time to Cull Proprietary Software from Open Source Branding

Another View of the Hijack of Free/Open Source Software by the Unscrupulous

Defending Openness

I am going to cite just one case here of confusion by readers on the exact meaning of Open Source Software. This one is chosen due to its being fairly compact and I knew of it too well being one of the responders:

OSS Confusion

Your opinions are welcome and sought. Thank you.

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The confusion started when Open Source was invented. r_a_trip 6 1,077 Mar 20, 2006 9:28 AM
Congrats grouch 1 1,060 Mar 18, 2006 9:09 PM

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