I was reading Karen G. Schneider’s recent blog on Enterprise Open Source, and two lines really struck me:
- A “significant value of open source software is that its survival depends on a community’s needs, not the whims of a corporation.”
- “The ability to change the software changes the balance of power. It says this is software of and by the people; It’s a statement about ownership.”
There are many arguments for Open Source Software (OSS), but this is one of the strongest to me. That is, OSS is owned by the community, it is owned by the community of developers, but also owned by the community of users.