coats writes "ESR has written a new article, "Open Source: Programming as if Quality Mattered" on the Internet politics-and-policy site Intellectual Capital. This article starts off with the Netscape OpenSource release, describes how it fits in with the way the Internet was built, mentions Linux, and then goes on to wonder whether staking the corporation on some one else's closed-source software is not the height of irresponsibility-- Let's say you are a chief technical officer (CTO) at a Fortune 500 company and you have just spent millions of dollars on a strategic business system with software you cannot see inside and cannot modify, software that depends on a single vendor to service. Now are those systems going to change to serve your business plan or your vendor's business plan? " While it does not say anything new, it's phrased more towards a business audience. The comment below it also gives an interesting perspective. In a related story, Recoil wrote in with this interview of ESR.