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Piracy, it's not just for breakfast: Part 3

While there are many problems like piracy and decompilers and such, maybe these issues are more proof that Open Source software can be a good way of distributing software & code. There are many different forms of licenses that one can put on Open Source software, ensuring that for instance with some licenses the code that was distributed with the software cannot be used to create Closed Source software or can be used to create commercial software, etc... While these licenses only hold value to those that care about them and not to those that want to rip software regardless, they do hold legal value. And let's be honest, who wouldn't feel proud when someone creates something new building on your code and is acknowledging that its using your code?

The recent purchase of SUSE by Novell for $210million shows that there *is* money to be made in the Open Source world. Also the announcement that China has granted Sun a contract to distribute 1 million copies of its SUSE-based Java Desktop System in China, with a potential order for 200 million copies, shows that more and more people see the enormous potential that Open Source software can offer.

I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that GalaxyGoo supports the Open Source community wholeheartedly (while not closing our eyes to the aforementioned problems).

Comments

That's the beauty in server side code. I agree that the client side code can be decompiled for what it's worth. However, server side code should be fairly safe as long as you have all your latest patches and updates. In fact, when developing an application, these are considerations that all developers should keep in mind.

Dominick, I agree with you about server-side: that's where to keep elements requiring security.

There seems to be a murmur in the ether that open source is somehow less secure than closed source software. Strange idea, since the most insecure operating system and software packages that I know of are closed source.

Edwin, while there isn't an official GalaxyGoo position on Open Source it certainly falls within the attitude of GalaxyGoo. Besides that, I personally am pro-open source.