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Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Eric Raymond's tips for effective open source
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Joshua Zeidner wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 10:10 PM, Ron Guerin wrote:
>> Joshua Zeidner wrote:
>>> anyone hear this latest anti-OSS management mantra?
>>> "Open Source: free as in kittens."
>> No, but that's rather disingenuous. Nobody has unwanted Open Source
>> show up on their doorstep needing to be fixed, fed, and given a full
>> round of shots, which is clearly the metaphor they're reaching for there.
> Hi Ron,
> Yes its typically used to address the fact that Open Source can
> sometimes be more expensive to maintain than its proprietary
> counterpart. -jmz
I just find it "dishonest". Yes, it can be. And tomorrow it can rain.
Open Source is not in and of itself a seal of quality. In fact much of
it is just as horrible as proprietary software tends to be. I can't
think of the correct term for it, but having this kind of discussion
with someone advancing this notion seems to be an automatic lose because
you're then implicitly accepting the false premise upon which it is based.