How long have you been interested in open source?

Posted 01 Nov 2010 by 

Colin Dodd (Red Hat)
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Forever, since before it was called “open source”
13% (28 votes)
20+ years
4% (8 votes)
15-20 years
10% (22 votes)
10-15 years
23% (51 votes)
5-10 years
28% (62 votes)
1-5 years
19% (41 votes)
Less than a year
4% (8 votes)
Total votes: 220

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5 Comments

mikem
Open Enthusiast
The term "Open Source" seems to have been coined in 1998, making some of your choices redundant. http://www.opensource.org/history
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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer
@mike, we're experts in the open source way, not math ;) Thanks for voting. Jason
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tcolindodd
Open Source Champion
how you define open source. There are the principles and practices, which are very old....and then there is the term which is fairly new. The first category really just means "always" or "forever."
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a guy
Re: The term "Open Source" seems to have been coined in 1998, making some of your choices redundant. The poll didn't say "Open Source" it said open source. This means source code which is not closed to inspection. The FSF and BSD movements were very much for open source code even if they predate the "Open Source" branding.
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benyahuda
While by no description of the term could I be called an "expert", programming and editing has been my favorite pastime since the mid-'70s. And I have never believed that what I built should be "closed" off from someone else desiring to make any of my projects their own. I do understand and appreciate the Microsoft's of the world, and I use many of their endeavors in my daily life. But for real satisfaction, open source projects win me over every time I get a chance to use a project that meets or even exceeds the usability of its commercial counterparts. Personally I believe that it is only the open source world which drives the Microsoft's of the worlds innovative research. Without open source nipping at their heels, tech progress would be nowhere near what it is today.
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