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For legal reasons. There may be unknown patented code in the open source or the company may find something in the combined code base that is patentable. With any open source code in the mix, then the legal group cannot create patents on the new code/algorithm.
If you build on someone's framework then you take on some liability. End of story and open/closed source changes nothing. As for your company's ability to patent work, that remains a non-issue with open vs closed.
Now if you are talking about not working with GPL code because your company doesn't want to release, that actually could make some sense. But being open source does not equate to GPL or variants thereof.
¿Why not use open source?, i believe the open source community have made great tools and libraries that help you better than most closed source projects, our own policy is that we use open source as long as it's license is compatible with closed source projects, and if it's not we consider a commercial license, if available.
For things that Microsoft are providing that they see as "adding extra value" and "not aligned with our core revenue streams", they have made a decision to provide these technologies as open source. This means that things like EF and ASP MVC are now open source projects. This is a very good way for them to overcome the hostile reception they have had in the OS community in the past, while ensuring that they can entice a new generation of people to be locked into the MS stack.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
would take a lot of effort to get familiar enough with the code for me
The same applies to any Open Source framework. Source is mainly to figure out specific issues. Very rarely I have modified any thing is an open source code. I rather worked around the issues in my own code after looking at the portions of the open source code which caused issues.
Providing us the code helps them to fix bugs and introduce new features slowly. Though, I really think its a ploy to have us write their API documentation. MS documentation in many of their 'open source' projects has been weak. Nothing worse then hitting F1, seeing the basic generated help text with no solid examples, references, or why's the item even exists.
...before you were dragged out to the firing squad after being wrongly convicted of something to do with the dictator's favourite child [***fill in your own reason for execution if you wish, it isn't really relevant to the survey], what would it be?
Once I have enough items I will probably turn this into an actual survey.
I can't decide between
- Melton Mowbray Pork Pies[^]
- British style Bacon Butties[^]
...probably the Pork Pie wins (it has to be Melton Mowbray, otherwise the Bacon Butty win).
Let the food wars begin!
- Life in the fast lane is only fun if you live in a country with no speed limits.
- Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most.
- I vaguely remember having a good memory...
If it were today, I'd definitely go for a nice rack of slow cooked barbeque ribs...well if I was going to die anyways, maybe a few racks.
I just had some the other night but I want more...luckily they messed up my order (I ordered them for delivery online, they missed the order and didn't get them to me for about 3 hours) and gave me enough gift certificates to buy 3 more pounds of ribs to make up for it