Linuxworld's biggest headline

Summary:The biggest headline from LinuxWorld didn't come from IBM, or Novell, or even the Free Software Foundation.In my opinion it came from the Open Source Initiative(OSI), which said it plans to whittle the number of "open source licenses" from 50 to 3 in the next two months.

The biggest headline from LinuxWorld didn't come from IBM, or Novell, or even the Free Software Foundation.

In my opinion it came from the Open Source Initiative(OSI), which said it plans to whittle the number of "open source licenses" from 50 to 3 in the next two months.

This is truly vital.You shouldnot need a fleet of lawyers to run an open source shop. Right now you do.

I recently got a note from a heavy-hitter in this space who wrote that the whole "open source" movement is becoming a scam. "Open Source is a term that was created to mask the ideals of software freedom" was the quote that jumped out at me.

Given the games Sun has played to get the open source tag applied to Solaris, the contortions of its CDDL, and the way lawyers are freely claiming the General Public License is "restrictive" (as opposed to you can't even see the source code), maybe some cynicism is called for.

Hopefully OSI can break through it.But do you think it can? Let us know at TalkBack.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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