Open Source embraced by biotech

by Michael Morris

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This article discusses the Mitre report in support of government use of open source and a lot from bioinformatics folk hero Lincoln Stein. The article basically covers (again) licenses and what should be done with the product of open source tools. I love this from Stein,

"Surprisingly, I find the single major advantage of open source is its stability," he explains. "Not in the sense of 'bug-free,' but in the sense that I can rely on its being around for the long haul. I have been burned in the past by relying on proprietary software libraries and tools, only to see the company that provided [them] go under or be purchased by another company. Just ask any developer who relied on the Netscape Live Wire series of development tools."