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Open source’s benefits to business spelled out

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Free Software Foundation (FSF) leader Richard Stallman said at the launch of version 3 of the General Public License (GPLv3) late last month that businesses are “foolish” not to adopt non-proprietary technologies.

Surrounded by supporters from the software programming and academic fields on the June 29 launch at the foundation’s Boston headquarters, Stallman detailed his opinions on why businesses should use open source software.

By turning to alternatives like the GNU operating system rather than the proprietary technologies that dominate corporate IT shops today, Stallman said, businesses will become less dependent on software vendors to help solve many of the issues around applications development and security that currently prove troublesome.

“Business users should have the same freedom over the control of their software as everyone else, and for businesses to use software they don’t have control over is foolish,” Stallman said.

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Stallman is such a major ass

Yeah, exec's the world over are lining up to take business advice from that hippie Stallman.

We're definitely on board to take all of the software that gives us a competitive advantage in our market niche and making it GPLv3 so that all of our competition can use it too. The fact that it cost us millions to develop and our competitors will get it for free shouldn't give us cause to worry.

That must be some of the "inconvenience of moving to free software" he was talking about.

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