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 raboof on Wed 13th Apr 2005 08:52 UTC

Open source software, however, still has the same problems with copyright and patents. So its like trying to teach a class with free books, pencils and paper in the middle of a minefield.

I believe you understand it, but thought it would be good to clarify this: Intellectual Property is a real danger, something people and companies should be very careful with. However, it is not limited to Open Source: in fact probably the chance that OSS code illegally finds its way into proprietary code is higher than the chance that proprietary code enters OSS software.

On other words: you don't run more risk using OSS code than you do using proprietary code, and for both you should read and understand the license.