Friday, 24 August 2007

Open-Source Initiative

English-speaking businesses often choose to call free software "open-source," because the word "free" in English is confusing: these businesses respect users' freedom, but they don't give their software away. But whether the programs are called open-source or free software, the rules that permit everyone to copy, understand, and improve code as long as they share and share alike—the rules that establish respect for users' freedom—are increasingly transforming the software industry. The overall model of "platform management," based on locking your customers in, is being transformed to a model based on setting your customers free—free to improve your product and to help your business grow.

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