"Dependent on" ???
Posted Feb 27, 2007 17:22 UTC (Tue) by AnswerGuy
Parent article: Mitchell Baker and the Firefox Paradox (Inc)
Hmmm, Fiercely loyal to and "dependent on" a particular implementation?
GNU Emacs, XEmacs
vi -> nvi -> elvis -> stevie -> vim ...
CERN -> NSCA HTTPD -> Apache
I'm not seeing it. I don't see open source users being particulary
dependent on any particular implementation of most applications. Sure,
there are many counter examples (TeX, LaTeX, teTeX being one that comes
to mind). It seems that once you have a sufficiently stable codebase
which sufficiently apolitical maintenance, then you have an application
upon which people can depend (and to which they become "fiercely loyal").
However, the major benefit of libre (*free* and open source) software is
precisely that people aren't "dependent" on any particular implementation.
We each and all of us (individually and collectively) are free to fork
and/or re-implement an application in as many incarnations as we choose.
So I wonder at the stated premise of this article.
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