RE: open-source vs. open source

Subject: RE: open-source vs. open source
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 23:11:14 +1100

> If the door is "open," then it is an "open door" and that door does not
> somehow become different and become an "open-door," except in an
> policy. In this case "open-door" is a modifier to policy. By comparison,
> "open-source" would be a modifier to code, which it is not. "Open" refers
> to the source and not to the code. So it is "open source code," but the
> code can be the same type of code used in closed source applications.
> "Closed source" means that the public does not have access to the source,
> like in open source applications.

This is incorrect. In "open-source code", it is that source that is open. In
"open source code" it is the source code that is open.

In "open-door policy" it is the door that is open. In "open door policy" it
is the door policy that is open.

Check it out.

Mike West


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