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Can open source stop navel gazing and get real?

By Scott Clark
on October 9, 2009

Enterprises and other users deploy open-source software because it works. For those of us in the open-source vendor community, however, too often we waste time talking about issues that have relatively little resonance for the vast majority of users.

We miss the mark on open-source marketing. In fact, it’s often the case that the very standards we seek to set for the software world–interoperability, transparency, etc.–are better observed and delivered by open standards than by open source.

We don’t need paternalistic oversight of open-source adoption, and we don’t need to fuel it through vague and inaccurate marketing. Open source is a fantastic way to develop and distribute software. Customers recognize this and don’t need to be cajoled or confused into buying.

Read the whole story at http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10371755-16.html