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Open, but not as usual

Open source is moving beyond software development, into the space of content design, collaboration, and business structure design and management. Open, but not as usual: “Though these might not contain any software “source code”, the “open-source” label can now apply more broadly to all sorts of endeavour that amalgamate the contributions of private individuals to create something that, in effect, becomes freely available to all.”
The article fails to undertand the notion of open source. Open source (or the Free Software movement) is not about the absence of revenue (or cost to the end user). Open source is about openness and democracy in the creation and management process of a product or innovation. It won’t always work…and it surprises (as always – which means I should stop being surprised soon) that the one-dimensional thought process again tries to say “this should work for everything. Each tool for the right task. Certain structures require a hierarchy in order to work. Others function better under an open, democratic environment. And still other times, a blended/hybrid model will work best.

2 Comments

  1. Brian Mulligan wrote:

    “Open source is about openness and democracy in the creation and management process of a product or innovation” – at last I now know what Open Source is. Could you organise a democratic vote on that description? Just so I can be sure.

    Monday, March 20, 2006 at 11:18 pm | Permalink
  2. Open, but not as usual

    Open, but not as usual Open source is moving beyond software development, into the space of content design, collaboration, and…

    Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 3:50 am | Permalink