Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Cool Warm Up

Let’s first talk about blogs…

Now let’s go on to something mysterious —

What the in the world is open source computing?
Does this help, from Wikipedia?

“Open source is an approach to the design, development, and distribution of software, offering practical accessibility to a software’s source code. Some consider open source as one of various possible design approaches, while others consider it a critical strategic element of their operations. Before open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; the term open source gained popularity with the rise of the Internet, which provided access to diverse production models, communication paths, and interactive communities.”

What questions should we be asking?

  1. If not open source, what is closed source?
  2. Who’s fight is this anyway?
  3. Why does it matter to you and me? Or maybe it doesn’t?

 

And is this what we’re really talking about… what’s the difference between open source code and free software?

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