Lynne Jolitz has observed the confluence of many factors now affecting the
open source community 15 years after
386BSD was first proposed in
386BSD: A Modest Proposal.
"With the many lawsuits over derivation and contract violation, open
source has been tarred with the questionable actions of a few. Yet
how could we get by without open source in a competitive world? My own
datacenter uses Berkeley Unix - a proud continuation of our 386BSD heritage.
How could we easily use the Internet, without the dedicated people who have
created Apache? Or looking further back, how could we even communicate
without people like Dr. Vinton Cerf who gave us TCP/IP and the Internet,
and Tim Berners-Lee, who gave us the web?" Lynne's observations comparing
Lessig's court of public opinion
SCO's court of final opinion
A Tale of Two Opinions.