Open Source Community or Industry? - Predatory Open Source?
I’m old enough to remember installing and using GNU EMACS, Perl, and even Linux before the term Open Source was coined. I remember patiently waiting for bunches of uuencoded installation files to appear slowly over USENET (I think GNU EMACS required something like 50 newsgroup postings). And, yes, I know RMS hates equating Free Software with Open Source. But, let’s put that aside for a moment.
So, when I saw the Slashdot item titled Has Open Source Lost Its Halo?, I felt compelled the read the Illuminata Perspectives blog item that prompted that item: Predatory Open Source? by Gordon Haff.
It hits on one aspect of the many changes we’ve seen in the Open Source community for the past five years or so. It seems like Open Source has become somewhat less of a community and more of an industry over the years.