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Level1 Philosophicum: [What are the inherent benefits and drawbacks of any “open source model” compared to any “closed source model”?]

This is the 3rd philosophicum thread. You have voted and the topic we are discussing this month is:

What are the inherent benefits and drawbacks of any “open source model” compared to any “closed source model”?

Vague definitions/guidelines of terms for the context of the discussion:

  • inherent:
    inbuilt on a fundamental level;
    The point is not to discuss specific open source projects and why they are good or bad, but the effects of the property that source code is available and lawfully modifyable. Of course you can still draw parallels to existing projects by way of example to underline your argument.
  • open source model:
    Any content (software, hardware, text …) that is published/ distributed in a way where the source code or other means of building the final piece of content either is available or can be accessed on request and be legally modified and redistributed.

I am thinking about overall benefits for humanity, maybe rate of progress, competitive viability, …


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