Data Portability, not Open Source?

During the early days of the open source movement, when the idea of free and open software was newer—when most software was proprietary, and access to software itself was a scare resource—the GPL license turned out to be an important lever on the world.

It was important that Linux used the GPL, because Linux, and everything that came along with it, was the vehicle we used to get the idea of open source into those larger companies who were resistant to it. Linux it turned out, was too useful to…




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