Linked by snydeq on Mon 1st Jun 2009 16:28 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source InfoWorld reports on the fight over open source 'leeches' -- companies that use open source technology but don't give back to the open source community. While some view such organizations as a tragedy of the commons, others view the notion of 'freeloaders' as a relic of open source's Wild West era, when coding was a higher calling and free software a religion.
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by Lennie on Mon 1st Jun 2009 18:30 UTC in reply to "OK"
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1. I didn't see this directly mentioned in the article and I don't know what Amazon does with Eclipse, but if they are releasing incompatible versions and do not releasing modifications, that could be bad.

Other then that, I don't think these 'leeches' are not so bad, as long as the community and number of contributers keeps growing and they don't ask to many stupid questions.

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by Lennie on Mon 1st Jun 2009 22:26 in reply to "RE: OK"
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I've put some more thought in to this and I would like to think the companies at this time are just still in a learning fase. Like many knowledgeable open source users that later on become contributers. When companies understand that when they work with others, it saves them time and money. And yes, in some cases they might be helping their competitors along as well, but doing the work yourself (as a company) and understanding the tech. is definitly a way to stay ahead.

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