Why Not Open Source?
Ethical concerns about Microsoft in the Academy
Computer languages are called languages because they are just that. They enable the educated members of our society … to build and communicate ideas that benefit the other members of our society… . Legally restricting access to knowledge of the infrastructure that our society increasingly relies on … results in less freedom and slower innovation. —Bob Young
The epigram, taken from Eric S. Raymond’s hacker classic, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, is a statement about open source software development. Not surprisingly, the statement was made by one of the organized leaders of the open source community, Bob Young, former CEO of Red Hat Linux. Raymond’s book looks at the historical development of the open source model and presents an economic metaphor to illustrate the difference between open and closed source software. The former represents “a
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