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

Dana 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.

Outside of the lead in, the rest of Vance’s post makes no disparaging remarks about open source or the OSA.  And funny enough, far from the OSA being a collection of folks that have been, are or could be considered zealots, it’s 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.

So 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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