As Microsoft’s Tech-Ed, the biggest developer event on the calendar, takes place in Auckland this week, open source software is unlikely to be much talked about. That’s because developers divide pretty much into two camps: those who see benefits in sharing code among a community of programmers and those, exemplified by Microsoft, who believe in holding firmly to code ownership. Computerworld invited Peter Harrison (below), an open source advocate, and Tony Stewart (see How open is open anyway?), a proprietary software believer, to argue their corners.
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