Senior VP and CTO of AMS: Mozilla Firebird is a Tier 1, Best of Breed Open Source Application

Saturday February 7th, 2004

Blake writes: "The Senior VP and CTO of IT consulting business AMS has written an article for casually identifying Mozilla Firebird as a tier 1, 'best of breed' open source application with the likes of Linux and Apache:

"'The first category, Tier 1, consists of "Best of Breed" open source offerings. This category includes products like Linux, the Apache Web Server, Samba, the Mozilla Firebird browser, and the Perl scripting language. These products, widely tested and largely believed to be virtually risk-free, are commonly chosen for their technical strengths. Most consider these products to be safe, and many companies today use them with few problems. In fact, many consciously choose such products over commercial proprietary alternatives regardless of price.'"

#3 Misunderstanding OSS licenses

by jsebrech

Sunday February 8th, 2004 4:12 AM

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Yet again we have someone from the business community misunderstanding open source licenses.

"By modifying the code without reading the licensing terms carefully, for example, you could put your organization in a situation where your "proprietary" software is no longer proprietary."

That's simply not true. If you're in violation of a license, it does not apply, and standard copyright does instead. Under standard copyright, you would have to stop using the code, negotiate a new license with the copyright holders, or comply with the original license. You never, ever, have to release your own code as open source. It's simply an option.