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Posted on by Kris Vanderwater.

@Brent,

I'm afraid you got caught somewhere between "linkbait" and "offensive". I spent a pretty significant period of time in the "proprietary" world before seeing the light of open source, and even with my most hated competitors (who were screwing their customers REALLY badly) I would never have dreamt of doing such a thing (and we have plenty of guns here in Oklahoma...).

You're definitely going to need to step up the positive responses here if you want to have any credibility with the web development communities at large ever again. The portion of the market that is exclusively proprietary is far more fractured and segmented than the open source side, which of course is why it makes sense to come after "us" collectively. But the bottom line is that there's virtually nothing a proprietary CMS can field that Open Source can't clone or best in a relatively short period of time, so if a customer says to me "you lost because of feature X", you know I'll evaluate that feature, determine if the client is correct, and fix the problem. And of course there's the little issue of owning your own content and controlling your own code... just tiny little issues that most proprietary CMS products/companies fail to address with any real satisfaction.

@Jam,

I think your response was very well measured, and fair. Thanks for that. It's easy to overreact to such material, and I think you treated it amazingly well given the topic and circumstances.

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