[Linux-aus] [link] How to Misunderstand Open Source Software Development
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Thu Dec 4 07:01:02 UTC 2003
How does one explain a "bad rap", especially one that isn't
deserved? Open Source Software development suffers from
widespread misunderstandings in the media from myths, false
claims and disinformation. As a commercial software program
and development manager, I view Open Source Software methods
as simply a way to build applications. It happens to be the
most efficient one.
Companies spread falsehoods about Open Source methods of
development out of fear that it threatens their revenue
stream. I saw this first hand in a Senate committee meeting
when a member of the BSA testified against a Bill I supported.
Others simply conjure up images of wild-eyed hackers breaking
into computer systems and writing bugs. Simply put, anyone
under that impression suffers from hysterical propaganda.
This article intends to clear up some misconceptions and can
help people transition from a closed development environment
into an open one that shortens time to market while cutting
costs. I would like you to walk away from reading this
article with the notion that Open Source Software bears a
mark of professionalism.
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