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osOpinion: Choosing Open Source: What Does It Mean

May 16, 2000, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Monty Manley)

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"We as programmers have an enormous say in how this new digital world will work. In a real way, we are writing the laws that our fellowmen and children will live by in the years to come. That is an awesome responsibility and one that not many programmers fully realize. "

"So I guess if I had to formulate a succinct answer to Joe's question, I'd have to say this: Linux is not behind Windows because Linux isn't *following* Windows. We're doing things a different way, the *correct* way. We admit bugs when they happen and do our best to fix them. Our feature sets are not dictated by marketing and PR departments. We give back to the community. We help each other. We foster the belief that stability and correctness are fundamental to design. We do not lie to our users or to each other. Money is nice, but it's not our primary motivator. We are proud, passionate, nettlesome, partisan, opinionated, occasionally muleheaded and foul-mouthed. Linux is a belief system and a philosophy as much as a body of software."

"I choose to belong to this society because I want to stand for something. I want my *code* to stand for something besides profit and loss."

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