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ZDNet: When you have Right on your side (or Left, as the case may be)

Jun 21, 2000, 05:39 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Now, as I understand it, the primary goal of BSD coders is to have their code used, and how it's used is less important. But this one-way flow must nonetheless be irksome to those who have seen Linux far surpass the longer-running BSD model in public mind share."

"One could also see it in a different way. While BSD folk write code just to "get it out there," and the open source movement (at least as expressed by Eric Raymond) advocates that its use makes economic sense, the GNU rationale is based mainly on righteousness. While others seem to value the merits of free software on practical merits or even pure self-interest, the people behind GNU say, when it comes down to it, this is a simple matter of right and wrong...."

"The general belief in "sharing is good, hoarding is bad" as a truism owes more to religion or spirituality than to any logic or observation. After all, Richard Stallman wasn't the first to decry the hoarding of private property as a social ill -- the concept is well-explained in Karl Marx's 1846 work, The German Ideology. Many of the problems identified in Marx's work are echoed in much of the writings related to GNU philosophy. For instance, Marx stated that hoarding private property was against the good of the people, and this is exactly what Stallman says about the hoarding of software."

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