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Re: Problem with recent PostgreSQL relatedpressrelease

From: Jim Nasby <decibel(at)decibel(dot)org>
To: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Problem with recent PostgreSQL relatedpressrelease
Date: 2007-07-13 21:05:15
Message-ID: 46B03C68-C11B-40B3-9104-C466548BE6D3@decibel.org (view raw or flat)
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On Jul 13, 2007, at 2:00 PM, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 01:21:36PM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
>> Open source, by it's very nature, has an air of "doing good for the
>> world" to it.  Thus, "do no evil" is somewhat implied by anyone who
>> claims to be a proponent of open source.
>
> This is getting off-topic for the list, I think, but I have to

Actually, I think it's very on-topic. It's very important to me that  
we have a strong relationship between the community and commercial  
companies, and part of that is discussing what people's expectations  
are of companies
> disagree strongly with this description of the "very nature" of "open
> source".  Indeed, the term "open source" was coined precisely to get
> _away_ from that do-gooder reputation of the old "Free Software"
> moniker, and to emphasise the simple, practical benefits of having
> source code that you can modify.
>
> I don't believe for an instant that IBM, for instance, is intending
> to do good for the world by working on Linux.  They're trying to run
> a business, and they think that by getting involved in this way, they
> can get some hunk of the market.  (IBM is simply too big to want to
> do good or ill: they have to be run more or less exclusively on
> whatever sells stuff and makes shareholders leave management alone.)
> Similarly, Stonebraker wasn't doing harm to the world when he tried
> to commercialise Ingres (or Postgres!).  There are plenty of
> different motivations that people have for placing their code under
> an open source license.  I'm happy they're doing it whatever their
> motivation.
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Jim Nasby                                            jim(at)nasby(dot)net
EnterpriseDB      http://enterprisedb.com      512.569.9461 (cell)



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