Subject: Re: Free Software vs. Open Source
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 11:44:25 -0800

> On Wed, Feb 13, 2002 at 11:23:31AM -0500, Russell Nelson wrote:
>>  Businesses, to be as successful as they can, must not
>> adopt any morality.

Wow, do I disagree with this.  In my experience, a strong moral code is a
key part of an enduring corporation.  See Collins' book Built to Last.

"Moral" is a strong word, of course.  It might be better to say "a strong
belief system."  

Companies that believe only in the bottom line are rarely (if ever) great

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