Fresh attacks on open source miss the mark
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Despite hefty successes like Hadoop, Linux, and Android, the open source movement has come under intense pressure recently. On the one hand, the New York Times’ Quentin Hardy questions “whether it makes sense to build free stuff at all” given open source’s commercial floundering. On the other hand, InfoWorld’s own Galen Gruman chides “open source mobile efforts” as having “a history of failure.”
In these and other broadsides, the critics miss the open source forest for the trees.