If you can't look at DRM software, and you can't use software without DRM, then essentially you can't have open source in France. Not legally, anyway.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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Credibility is a key value. So are honesty, and a proper balance of giving-and-taking where the commodity is information. These are the values taught in a good journalism school.
It would just be nice if, sometimes, we could make choices based on merit.
In an enterprise environment, knowing what you have and the rules under which you have it is the key to making a success of open source.
I'm deliberately leaving some of the Top 10 blank, because this is a blog, and you're part of the content. (Maybe that's one of the trends.)
The point is that Wales has been pro-active here. He has gotten in front of the criticism and done something. Compare his move to Sony's moves regarding its DRM scandal. Or is that comparison unfair?
Open source isn't just about free software in this case. It's about getting value out of what you have, integrating software and hardware with the wetware of the human mind, and about having something that's effective even after the software is obsolete.
Just like the GPL, Wikipedia carries with it responsibilities along with rights.
The biggest problem revealed by this study isn't in its conclusions, but in the limited current capability of OSDL, or any single actor, to do something about them.
Sun Microsystems says it will makes its Java Enterprise System, N1 Management software and developer tools free and, in time open source. It will also integrate the tools with the Solaris into something called the Solaris Enterprise System, which will also be free.