Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 12th Apr 2005 16:15 UTC
Editorial Being the best doesn't always mean being the most popular. We all know of many inferior products that are immensely, sometimes perplexingly, popular. However, this does not mean that one must forsake the pursuit of excellence when pursuing a broad market share. As proponents of open source software, it should not be beneath us to pursue popularity or to look to proprietary developers as examples. And by following the right examples, we can help spread the usage of open source software without sacrificing the goal of software excellence, says NewsForge.
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Re: Good question
by Deletomn on Tue 12th Apr 2005 20:19 UTC

yawn: What proprietary software can teach open source developers?

That's like trying to teach a class but not letting any students take notes or read the book.

Actually some "proprietary sofware companies" are somewhat (to very) liberal with their source code, but they don't have what would be considered an "open source"/"free software" license.

One in particular that I can vaguely recall, allowed me to view the source code, modify the source code, and distribute binaries of their source code as I wished. As far as my source code went (including my modifications), I could place them under any license I liked and do with them what I liked. Basicly, I just couldn't give THEIR source code to anyone else.

That type of license is obviously not common though and I last used that program quite a long time ago. (As in years)