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Graphics Muse: The impact of computing on society - where the goals of the Linux movement fit in

Oct 31, 1999, 14:32 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

"I'm often annoyed at the use of the term "world domination" as it is so freely bandied about by the leaders of the Linux and Open Source movements. Being a perpetually independent soul, I find such delusions of grandeur rather appalling. Why, for example, would I want to exchange the lunatic ranting of one dictator (or two, if you include Steve Balmer) for those of a collective group of lunatics?"

"But for the sake of argument, lets assume that world domination is not just a desirable goal, but an achievable one. What then would be the value of such domination? Would the lives of the individuals in a society be better off? Would there be progress towards equality of all peoples? And precisely what would be dominated? Computer Users? The business of computing? Society as a whole?"

"For some unpleasant reason, I actually think about this problem fairly often. I never have an answer, however. I just keep asking the same questions..."

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