O'Reilly on Open Source ... in 199901 Mar 2008
It is more than a little disturbing that both the myths and the explanations in this nearly-10-year-old article have remained so constant. Here are the myths:
- It’s all about Linux versus Windows, with Red Hat as yet another challenger to Microsoft.
- Open Source Software Isn’t Reliable or Supported.
- Big companies don’t use open source software.
- Open Source is hostile to intellectual property.
- Open Source is all about licenses.
- If I give away my software to the open source community, thousands of developers will suddenly start working for me for nothing.
- Open source only matters to programmers, since most users never look under the hood anyway.
- There’s No Money to be Made on Free Software.
- The Open Source movement isn’t sustainable, since people will stop developing free software once they see others making lots of money from their efforts.
- Open Source is playing catch up to Microsoft and the commercial world.