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The Open Source Commandments: 2012 Edition

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I would like to take this opportunity, perhaps, as we approach the Passover season, to make some suggestions for Commandments that future generations of technologists and technology companies wishing to pursue Open Source community activities might want to follow.

Thou Shalt Not Be An Aggressive Monopolist

Back in 2008, when I wrote the original version of this piece, Microsoft certainly got the smiting it deserved from the European Union for its monopolistic practices, to the tune of over 2.6 billion dollars in accumulated fines.

Single vendor leadership position and domination of key markets in any industry are very frequently unavoidable, by virtue of a company’s expertise and duration they’ve been in business, as well as external economic factors which cause industry consolidation.

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