Open Source for America sans zealots

The uneasy balance of business and community goals is a bigger challenge to open source and the OSA than what a reporter may write

It's Friday, so maybe I shouldn't worry too much about this. But Dana Blankenhorn's comments based on Ashlee Vance's post about Open Source for America (OSA) is off the mark.

Blankenhorn takes Vance to task for one line in the roughly 425-word story. Anyone that's read Vance in the past knows that "here come the open-source zealots" is, well, a sensational-sounding statement, but nothing more. Vance teamed up with open source "zealots" (used in the positive sense of the word) Dave Rosenberg and Matt Asay for Open Season podcasts, so Vance is hardly a person I'd consider anti-open source.

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Outside of the lede, the rest of Vance's post makes no disparaging remarks about open source or the OSA. Funny enough, far from being a collection of folks that have been, are, or could be considered zealots, the OSA is about one thing: business. These vendors joined the OSA because it's how business apparently gets done with the government, through the help of lobbyists.

If anyone is concerned about an "attack on open source," it's not coming from the likes of Vance, but the uneasy balance between vendor interests and "community" wishes for freedom. Keep in mind that many of the vendors that have signed up with the OSA have a proprietary product that they are selling. This doesn't go over well with the "community." But life is all about shades of gray, isn't it?

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