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Misunderstanding open source #4: not knowing your own alignment

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Many people are confused about the free software vs open source debate because they don’t know (or they hide) their own alignment. Take this quiz to help you identify where your inner compass lies:

Poll #1

Poll #2

Poll #3

Poll #4

Poll #5

You Are…

Mostly ‘1’s: You are a free software junkie. Own it, celebrate it, enjoy it. Just don’t pretend you are an open source advocate, you are not.

Mostly ‘2’s: You are a true open source hacker. As long as the source code is available (should you ever need it), and the license is OSI approved, you are all about getting the job done and moving on to the next problem.

Mostly ‘3’s: You are still trying to convince yourself that this open source thing is a temporary fad. You do this because it is much easier to do this than accept the truth – which is that your line of work, your company, your business model, and/or your past vendor choices are starting to seem badly wrong.

* Yes, actually.

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Written by James

October 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm

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  1. [...] Misunderstanding open source #4: not knowing your own alignment « James Dixon’s… a few seconds ago from seesmic [...]

  2. these polls seem rather biased.

    wouter

    October 12, 2009 at 7:24 am

  3. [...] Misunderstanding open source #4: not knowing your own alignment Many people are confused about the free software vs open source debate because they don’t know (or they hide) their own alignment. [...]


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