Jason Perlow has a very interesting column on open source up on ZDNet, with the compelling title "Why I'm Smarter Than an Open Source Surrender Monkey." The "surrender" in the title, and the column itself, come in response to Bruce Byfield's Datamation column, "Tech Pundits Surrender: The Retreat from Free Software and Open Standards." Byfield's column considers whether some users who are fleeing from open source and open standards are simply making pragmatic choices about using proprietary technologies. Perlow's column considers the same topic. Both columns reach some conclusions that are interesting, but the truth is that a mix of pragmatism and zealotry drives open source forward.
July 13, 2011
Is Open Source Driven Forward By Pragmatists or Purists?
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