Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Rose By Any Other Name

I must be feeling particularly irritable today, because this really got to me.

"Doug MacEachern, CTO of Hyperic and creator of mod_perl, responds to criticism by Tarus Balog, a maintainer of OpenNMS, that his company's recent open source announcement is nothing but a marketing ploy. It is starting the debate on whether or not just releasing some code qualifies an application as 'open source.'"

What difference does it make whether or not what Hyperic did was OpenSource or not?  This is just as absurd about the hoopla over whether or not Wal-Mart should sell “organic” food or whether wine made from grapes that weren’t grown within sight of a castle can be called Chateau or whether cheese not made in Greece can be called feta.

Seriously, it’s just a word – if it doesn’t meet your criteria try this novel approach – don’t buy it.

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