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Religious Wars Make Open-Source Software Too Risky  
Source Wall Street & Technology
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
 

Writing for Wall Street & Technology, Matt McKenzie captures the big picture regarding the Furthermore versus Mambo dispute.  Here's an excerpt from his article "Fight At The Open-Source Corral":

"Ask the potential customers who see this nonsense and wonder if dealing with open-source software might be more trouble than it's worth. Miro can dismiss Connolly as a maniac, and it can stir the pot with calls for support and solidarity from the open-source community. But if Connolly does have a case, how many businesses will touch Mambo with a ten-foot pole until that case is settled?

There's the rub for the open-source community, where "dispute resolution" all too often means trading insults until one side gives up and stalks away. This tendency to turn even minor disputes into religious wars could make open-source software too risky and too expensive for companies that value relationships with reliable, stable vendors. It's time for open-source companies to find a better way to settle these conflicts."

For the complete article, click here.

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What form of resolution is best for Open Source?
Parties compromise and agree to a reasonable settlement
Parties defer to Industry arbitration
Castley and Mambo hobbiest ignore it hoping it goes away
Furthermore sues individual Users
Various opinions and mudslinging in tech and business press ongoing
  
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