Has Open Source Lost Its Halo?

“Is open source still a grassroots social movement made up of idealistic underdogs trying to revolutionize an amoral industry? Or has it become a cloak used by IT vendors large and small to disguise ruthless and self-serving behavior? Some observers argue it’s the latter. Despite occasional protests from old-timers – the heated backlash against the Microsoft-Novell dΓ©tente, for example – open source has become so co-opted by mainstream IT, so transformed by ‘accidental open sourcers’ simply looking for a better business model, that it’s lost its cherished moral edge.”

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