13 November 2008

Novell's Faustian Pact

There is something rather curious about software companies operating in the open source world. Although they may be competitors in a particular sector, the open source licence they employ means that they are also partners: they can generally use the code of other companies if they wish. The stronger those companies become, the more code they produce, and the more code there is available to everyone – including their nominal rivals. This makes the commercial ecosystem that evolves around free software strangely collegiate: everyone has a vested interest in growing the code base, because it is a commons that all can and do draw on....

On Open Enterprise blog.

2 comments:

Roy Schestowitz said...

Thanks for educating people. I've just let RMS know.

glyn moody said...

Eek - he won't like it, because I dared to utter the forbidden "O- S-" words....

But thanks for the thought....