Matt Asay is dead wrong to call the current era of the software industry “post open source,” as he did in InfoWorld last week. We are currently in the open source age, enjoying all the practical flexibility that open sources licenses bring. What may be confusing him is that people are no longer obsessed with arguing about software freedom — they take it as given.Asay claims “‘open source’ doesn’t really matter anymore.” His own words and affiliations prove he’s mistaken. [ See which open source projects are off to a great start in InfoWorld’s top 10 new open source projects of the year. | Track trends in open source with InfoWorld’s Technology: Open Source newsletter. ]First, this is the age of open source, not the age after it. Asay says so himself: “Open source, after all, powers the most important software today, driving big trends like cloud computing, big data, and mobile … Open source today is simply how we write software.” Open source matters today more than ever, in the way it has always mattered since the term was coined in 1999: in practice.Open source is not defined as a form of argument or by debate, but by the… Read full this story
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