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Yes, I'm Free, Said The Open Source Software Idea

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| A new day took it's dawn and the idea, called by the name Open Source chose
| to connect with the well-known name Netscape. Netscape embraced the idea and
| willingly let its source code open up. That was the intention of the idea and
| the idea continued to grow, strengthened by conquering a new name. The name
| it conquered was Netscape.
| Now many years have passed and the idea has grown old in age but maintaining
| its youthful essence by attracting more people and more names to itself. It
| has become mainstream. It has become large. It has become worldwide.


Open source even in The Independent:

Andrew Keen on New Media

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| The knowledge business is getting wikified. Last week I was at Balliol
| College at Oxford University with Wikipedia co-founder Dr Larry Sanger to
| debate the proposition that "the internet is the future of knowledge". And we
| agreed that today's open-source internet – with its user-generated wikis and
| blogs – was indeed radically democratising the way in which knowledge is now
| being created and distributed.
| [...]
| The peer-to-peer production of open-source information is increasingly
| becoming mainstream. Even traditional knowledge companies are integrating Web
| 2.0 tools like wikis, podcasts and blogs into their business and media
| strategies.



Ideas Are Everywhere... So Why Do We Limit Them?

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| Gladwell uses this to talk up what Myhrvold is doing, suggesting that
| Intellectual Ventures is really about continuing that process, getting those
| ideas out there -- but he misses the much bigger point: if these ideas are
| the natural progression, almost guaranteed to be discovered by someone sooner
| or later, why do we give a monopoly on these ideas to a single discoverer?
| Myhrvold's whole business model is about monopolizing all of these ideas and
| charging others (who may have discovered them totally independently) to
| actually do something with them. Yet, if Gladwell's premise is correct (and
| there's plenty of evidence included in the article), then Myhrvold's efforts
| shouldn't be seen as a big deal. After all, if it wasn't Myhrvold and his
| friends doing it, others would very likely come up with the same thing sooner
| or later.
| This is especially highlighted in one anecdote in the article, of Myhrvold
| holding a dinner with a bunch of smart people... and an attorney. The group
| spent dinner talking about a bunch of different random ideas, with no real
| goal or purpose -- just "chewing the rag" as one participant put it. But the
| next day the attorney approached them with a typewritten description of 36
| different inventions that were potentially patentable out of the dinner. When
| a random "chewing the rag" conversation turns up 36 monopolies, something is
| wrong. Those aren't inventions that deserve a monopoly.

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