Home > News > EU Rep Blasts U.S. Open Source Schemas • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


EU Rep Blasts U.S. Open Source Schemas

EU Rep Blasts U.S. Open Source Schemas
Get XBIZ News
Jun 1, 2005 11:34 AM PDT    Text size: 
AMSTERDAM – U.S. companies are chilling the spirit of the open source movement by directing it through subsidization, a senior representative of the European Commission’s technology infrastructure said.

Jesus Villasante is the head of software technologies at the EC’s Information Society and Media Directorate General. In an unveiled attack uncharacteristic of the EC, Villasante said Monday that companies like Sun, IBM and Hewlett-Packard weren’t allowing the open source community the freedom to develop independent commercial products and that they were using open source developers as glorified subcontracters.

The result, Villasante contends, is not true open source code, but code in the “flavor” of Sun, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

"Open-source communities need to take themselves seriously and realize they have made a contribution to themselves and society. From the moment they realize they are part of the evolution of society and try to influence it, we will be moving in the right direction," Villasante said, speaking at the Holland Open Software Conference.

James Baty of Sun ONE Consulting disagreed about the specific charge against Sun, but acknowldged Villasante’s point in context.

"There are companies that are takers from the open-source community, other companies are taking the attitude that they have to contribute," Baty said. "Open source should be seen as an opportunity, not as something to capture and abuse."

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Cam World: Jim Austin Puts Stripchat / xHamsterLive on the Cutting Edge

Meet Jim Austin, head of business development for Stripchat and xHamsterLive. Austin helps run the two free online communities where amateur models — women, men, couples and transgender folk —... More »

Crave’s Jack Morocco Brings Fresh Perspective to Channel Manager Role

Jack Morocco must be in the right career. They’ve been hit on by Nina Hartley and already had to fend off Ron Jeremy, all in their short one-and-a-half years with San Francisco boutique outfit Crave.... More »

Cam World: Cam Star of Month BlazeFyre Loves to Be a Pleaser

Webcam model BlazeFyre certainly is looking forward to a fruitful 2017. She just moved into new digs this past month, and is eagerly anticipating another banner year as a Chaturbate web model. The naturally... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.



Mar 31 - Apr 02
Denver, CO.

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!