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PNN Online: The Great Software Debate: Technology and Ideology [Parts One and Two]

Feb 26, 2003, 11:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Peizer)

From Part One:

"Open source software has intensified the ideological debate over what technology to deploy in a given circumstance. The public sector, always price sensitive to any technology solution, has embraced the idea of open source as a cheaper alternative to commercial applications. Open Source refers to a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge. It is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community. There is also a strong ideological lobby that sees it as the alternative to commercial dominance by any one player in the software industry and as an equalizer with the potential of wresting control away from US software predominance.

"I wonder however, if we aren't having the wrong debate about technology and ideology, particularly in these troubling times. Ideology and technology cohabit the same plane of existence, but on three distinct levels..."

Complete Story (Part One)

Complete Story (Part Two)

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