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Play Fair or Go Home

By John | March 4, 2008

According to Tarus Balog of OpenNMS, a company called CITTO is using his open source code and not giving his project credit. A GPL is a live by the sword die by the sword game, however, CITTO needs to give credit to the OpenNMS project. Even Groundwork has the class enough to list the technologies they use and post the appropriate trademarks.


I have been a software developer at points in my career and I am sure most will join me in saying that we all work way to hard (open or closed source) to not get credit for what we do.




Play Fair or go Home II

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5 Responses to “Play Fair or Go Home”

  1. Jack @ Tech Teapot Says:
    March 4th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Groundwork also has a download with the source code to their offering freely available too. I personally don’t think the issue is credit though that would be nice, the real issue is access to source code by the respective customers. That’s the main deal, the customers should then be in a position to do what they will with the code including giving it to Tarus for incorporation into OpenNMS.

    BTW: added you to my blogroll the other day. Enjoy the links :) (& traffic hopefully)

  2. John Says:
    March 4th, 2008 at 1:46 pm


    Great Point. I knew I was forgetting something. Yes that is a really big point CITTO needs to play by all the rules.


  3. Brian Says:
    March 6th, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    John (and Jack),

    I work for CITTIO and want to address your concerns above:

    1) CITTIO gives full credit to the open source components we use. They are on our website at:

    2) Our website clearly states we use OpenNMS

    3) Our contracts make it clear open source code is delivered with our offerings and customers have the right to gain access, copy, modify and redistribute this free software.

    4) Our customers have access to the open source code used in our offerings.

    Hope this helps. Seems Tarus was just looking for attention and dragged you into this.

    Thanks – Brian

  4. John Says:
    March 7th, 2008 at 6:01 am


    See my latest post…

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