Thursday, February 22, 2007


Open Source Solutions that aren't really open...

I ran across the Open Solutions Alliance which pretends to represent the spirit of open source. I wonder what it would take for industry analysts to start providing guidance to large enterprise customers who are confronted by vendors who are less than noble in embracing open source...

Let's first analyze the licensing agreement:
Does this feel open to anyone? How come they are twisting the official definition posted here? You may notice that real open source is always available to anyone, at anytime for any purpose and that the user is always licensed to modify and redistribute the software with fee, penalty or the need to ask permission.

I know it would be difficult for industry analysts in the open source community such as Raven Zachary, James Governor or Alex Fletcher to ever call out vendors who are not really open but purport to be. It would be interesting though if someone else in the blogosphere did...

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