Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 10:54:59 -0800


On 10/27/02 9:24 AM, "Adam Turoff" <> wrote:

> Free software may need to "catch up" in some domains (such as office
> applications), but that's a localized phenomenon.  Proprietary software
> needs to "catch up" in other domains - most XML processing tools are
> free/open source software; the most common coping behavior with
> proprietary XML processing software is wholesale inclusion of free
> software tools.  
> Free vs. proprietary is a rather boring moralistic debate that
> doesn't advance the art one iota.  Ideas are going to be copied,
> and environments that allow successful ideas to propogate (free
> software) are inherently more interesting (on this list) than
> environments that don't (proprietary software).  Every minute we
> spend re-implementing an interesting idea is another minute we're
> not working on the next one.

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