The challenges facing software development

Eric Raymond believes proprietary software has had its day, while free software guru Richard Stallman shares his views on the impact of software patents. A ZDNet UK News Focus

Eric Raymond: Why open source will rule
Fri 29 March:
Linux and the open-source movement have come a long way since the foundation of the Open Source Initiative in the late 1990s, Raymond says. It now has the credibility it needs to succeed in the business world Eric Raymond: Proprietary software is doomed
Fri 29 March:
In part two of his ZDNet UK interview, the co-founder of the Open Source Initiative explains why the days of proprietary, centralised software development are numbered Stallman: Software patents victimise developers
Thurs 28 March:
Part I: Software patents are victimising developers with a system which is making it increasingly difficult to write programs, according to free software guru Richard Stallman Stallman: Three ways to deal with software patent threats
Thurs 28 March:
Part II: There are three ways to get around the problems of software patents, says Richard Stallman. But it's a minefield, and the chances of making a wrong step are high Stallman: Why software patents are a special case
Thurs 28 March:
Part III: Writing software is like writing a symphony, says Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation. Just imagine if music could be patented...
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