663Re: [lb/2003] Call for Speakers ?
- Oct 3, 2003On Fri, 3 Oct 2003, Devdas Bhagat wrote:
> Isn't LB supposed to be about FLOSS? Is Novell offering source to iutsAmong other things, Novell's solutions include Ximian's products (they
> customers with redistribution rights?
purchased Ximian recently), and which is most *certainly* everything that
FLOSS stands for ;-)
Novell is one of the most recent entrants in the "big boys open source
support" scenario, and we hope that they will do it right (instead of
just using Linux as a launcher for proprietary software, the way some
LB/2003 is a conference about practical and real-world deployment of open
But this does it not mean that it excludes "closed source" software if
that software works with and supports Open Source solutions.
For example - both Mozilla and OpenOffice (and a whole lot of other apps)
work under Windows (which is closed source), yet they are Open Source
This works both ways. If a company has closed source products that support
Open Source applications and technologies, we should encourage that stand
and gently push them into releasing source as time goes by. Every journey
begins with the first step.
And before anyone takes off here in idealistic mode - the real world
consists of closed and open software - the trick is to increase the
latter's share, but that won't happen if we refuse to work with the
Linux Bangalore/2003 - India's biggest Open Source event
December 2-4, Bangalore, India
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