Gartner: Define 'Open Source,' Will Ya?

Lora Bentley

Gartner is urging open source vendors to come up with one definition of "open source software" upon which they can all agree, according to It will cut down user confusion. Moreover, if vendors can't come to a consensus, users should "demand a strict definition of open source linked to the modification and redistribution of code and products," the research firm's latest report says.


Illuminata's Gordon Haff begs to differ, however. Open source isn't just one thing. "One size doesn't fit all," he says. That's why the OSI-approved open source licenses range from what the article calls the "liberal" BSD license to the copy left provisions embodied in the GNU General Public License.

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