Open source can't win: Complacency has its price

Companies are pulling the rug out from under the communities that helped them gain popularity

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Open Source Can't Win: Complacency has its price

Open Source Can't Win: Complacency has its price

Red Hat, famously, had a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi on the walls of its offices about the fight to drive Linux and open source adoption. "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." While inspirational, it's a little misleading.

The quote probably didn't originate with Gandhi, and in any event it fails to address the reality that social movements are never really final. The full quote, after "then you win," should either b...

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