Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Palm And Open Source

An interesting read over at IT wire about how Palm is apparently turning down applications built to run on its' platform from appearing in its' application catalog. There is nothing inherently wrong with this as they have a right to do so. The strange thing is that the rejected applications included an open source license.

If nothing else, this shows that there is still a bias against the fact that open source applications are not unique to specific vendors. That is, users can go out and get these applications, even modify and rebuild them, all on there own. Why this scares companies so much baffles me to no end. Especially given the huge momentum the open source movement has been gaining over the past few years.