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Yes, the 'open source' label is still relevant and powerful

Submitted by esr on Mon, 2007-03-12 22:17. ::

Nat Torkington asked recently Is
"Open Source" Now Completely Meaningless. Certainly not; in fact,
there are several reasons this label is still valid and important.
I'm a pragmatist, so I'm not going to wave any flags or sing any
anthems to argue this, just point out what has worked and continues to

First of all, let's be clear about what "open source" means. Software
is 'open source' when it is issued under a license compliant with the
Open Source Definition. Nothing any clueless or malevolant corporate
marketeer does can change that, because the term originated in the
open-source developer community and only we have the authority to
redefine it.

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