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An Argument for Open Source CFD
Posted Tue September 03, 2002 @04:42PM
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Open Source Stéphane Zaleski has made an argument for the open sourcing of CFD programs developed in academic institutions.

The Open Source software development model has gained popularity on its merits of being more robust and agile. The Open Source movement has grown out of the "hacker" culture -- one which believes that information should be freely available to all. This contrasts strongly with academic culture in which information is shared with the initiated.

Mr. Zaleski notes that there are rather potent reasons for which academics and their institutions refrain from openly distributing of the code.

  • The maintenance and documentation efforts.
  • The issue of commercialisation.
  • The risks and rewards for the authors' reputations
He examines each in turn.

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