Monday, I wondered -- along with InfoWorld's Zack Urlocker -- how Apple manages to maintain a good reputation with the open source crowd. Some say that it doesn't matter what Apple does or doesn't do in terms of contributing, the company's "coolness factor" puts it above reproach. Co-founder Steve Wozniak may have strengthened that argument this week.
PCWorld.com reports that Wozniak slammed open source and its supporters in a recent eWEEK interview. PCWorld.com notes:
[Wozniak] said that there are, and unfortunately will always be, people who want things to be free and that the open source movement was indicative of that, saying that it had nothing to do with free software but a group of people who just hate to see people succeed and make money from things.
Here's a bit of the actual eWEEK story:
[Wozniak] bristles at the suggestion that the open source movement includes kindred spirits to Apple's founders.
"There's always a group of people that wants to undo the forces of industry that have given us so much in terms of wealth, and there's always people who want things to be free," Wozniak said. "The open-source movement starts with those sort of people ..."
We'll see how much reaction he gets.