Subject: NYT Digital Commerce: Proprietary Software Threatens E-Commerce
From: John Gilmore <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 00:43:59 -0700

Denise Caruso's August 17 NYT column ends by focusing on free software:

> If Noonan is right, the industry's very tentative steps toward open source
> code -- a la Netscape and the Linux version of the Unix operating system --
> become even more attractive. When a program's code is open to inspection by
> everyone, bugs are fixed and quality improves much more quickly because an
> entire industry of engineers is working on them at once.
> Maybe one day the software industry will have to embrace the truth of the
> old Psychology 101 adage: You're only as sick as your secrets.