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waderoush writes: The secrecy surrounding the expected Apple tablet computer is only the latest example of the company's famously closed and controlling culture. Yet millions of designers, musicians, and other creative professionals love their Apple products, and the Apple brand is almost synonymous with free-thinking creativity. How can a company whose philosophy of information sharing is so at odds with that of most of its customers be so successful? This Xconomy essay explores three possible explanations. 1) Closed innovation, overseen by a guiding genius like Steve Jobs, may be the only way to build such coherent, compelling products. 2) Apple's hardware turns out to be more 'open' than the company intended — Job originally wanted to keep third-party apps off the iPhone, for example. 3) Related to #1: customers are pragmatic about quality, and the open source and free software movements haven't produced anything remotely as useful as Mac OS X and the iPhone.
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  • Does this question some of the more hand-waving arguments for free open-source software? Specifically that it promotes creativity and production of new software? Or is the argument just more limited than OpenSource-promoters would acknowledge?

    That Linux is open-source helps in producing fixes and updates for Linux, like new features in the Kernel, translations of the user interfaces and so on. But does it promote production of say, a game or a wordprocessor running on Linux? I think not. By being closed-sou

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