The GNU Manifesto asserted that software should not be copyrighted. Yet, the very definition is of Open Source software is the nature of the copyright license. To License software is to fail to make it free or open. It is time to make software truly open by placing it in the public domain…
The title contains the seeds of the paradox: to even ask the question "who wins and who loses?" is to concede that "competition" has already won. The American culture is uniquely competitive and intolerant of collaboration. How can Open Source survive in this climate.