Why open source

April 2, 2007

Was just reading the OpenGeoData blog and found this:

They have a link to an interview with Linus Torvalds (the guy who started linux) where he says:

“Me, I just don’t care about proprietary software. It’s not “evil” or “immoral,” it just doesn’t matter. I think that Open Source can do better, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Open Source, but it’s not a crusade — it’s just a superior way of working together and generating code.”

The OGD blogger reworks Torvald’s words:

“Me, I just don’t care about the Ordnance Survey. It’s not “evil” or “immoral,” it just doesn’t matter. I think that Open Maps can do better, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Open Maps, but it’s not a crusade — it’s just a superior way of working together and generating maps.”

I would like to do the same:

“Me, I just don’t care about the Yellow Pages or Yell. Thet are not “evil” or “immoral,” it just doesn’t matter. I think that Yellowikis can do better, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Yellowikis, but it’s not a crusade — it’s just a superior way of working together and generating business listings.”

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