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Thursday, June 17, 2004

The Big Blue Muzzle - IBM & Open source movement future

"Free as in freedom" used to be the rallying cry of the open source movement, back in the day when volunteer hackers did the programming. Now, with big companies writing most new open source code, will some of that freedom go away? Will the movement be co-opted? Maybe it already has been. The open source movement leaders think that IBM could use its arsenal of patents to muzzle open source movement.In recent years, IBM has scooped up some leading Linux developers, including Greg Kroah-Hartman, one of the closest lieutenants to Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Kroah-Hartman oversees development of device drivers for Linux, reviewing submissions from developers and making decisions that affect hundreds of companies. In this role, Kroah-Hartman is supposed to act independently of IBM. Yet when contacted by a reporter, Kroah-Hartman said IBM would not allow him to talk about his work. Paradoxically, IBM is the biggest, powerful and most important proponent of Linux in the world today.
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