Linked by Mark Tolliver on Thu 13th Sep 2007 08:14 UTC
Editorial The widespread acceptance of open source continues to grow as a cost-effective alternative to traditional network deployments. Well-known projects such as Linux have proven themselves to be in the enterprise environment, helping to dispel the fear, uncertainty and doubt preceding open source implementations. In the past two years, the industry has begun to shift from a total dependence on proprietary applications to a desire for more cost-effective, scalable and collaborative solutions.
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by gustl on Fri 14th Sep 2007 10:10 UTC
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2006-01-19

I mean to differ from this article's opinion.

He writes, that OSS might pose a risk to a business. I asked myself: What kind of business?
Obviously you do not run any risk if you are a food seller, because even if you use every line of OSS code on earth in-house, there is NO way whow you possibly could breach a license. Even if you adapt the one or other application to better meet your needs.

He is talking about software companies, proprietary software companies to be exact, and they should better stay away from OSS code altogether, or at least evaluate very carefully the license of every piece of code they are going to use. In short words: They should know ho to do their business.

But most proprietary software companies, who ran afoul of an OSS project, deliberately violated the license and knew it (no mercy for them!), or tried to find loopholes in the license (TIVO, NOVELL) and overlooked something.

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