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Can SDN please remove 'SAP is Open' from 'Standards and Open Source' page?

Hi Moderators,

It is really misleading to say that 'SAP is Open'.

For details on what is called open source and why SAP does not qualify for it - please see my comments on the below blog.



Felix Jeyareuben

Former Member

> Well, "Open" is not "Open Source".

Exactly, glad you see my point, even though your first post managed this strange jump in logic.

>So what does "SAP is Open" mean?

The page you complained about talks about open standards and ineroperability with open source tools. We can also talk about open architecture, or open doors for that matter. As you yourself said:

Well, "Open" is not "Open Source"

So, we have very clearly established that the word Open doesn't mean Open Source and there are several types of openness applicable to SAP.

> Already SAP has it's own version of OSI defn:

> >According to the OSI definition, you can call some code open source, if you get the source code, if you are allowed to modify it, and if you are allowed to redistribute it

> Well I didn't say that. It was told by SAP employee who leads open source research at SAP. (Ref: /people/community.user/blog/2008/03/25/did-user-innovation-benefit-sap). Its very interesting to see someone leading opensource without knowing what is it.


OK, so I just had a look at the quote in question, and find that the very next sentence reads:

"Clearly, ABAP code shipped by SAP does not fall under this category".

So SAP is not open source. You say so, I say so, SAP say so.

It seems we all agree and this discussion has no further merit.



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