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osOpinion: How Penguins Survive: Why the Free Software movement is Unkillable

Aug 31, 2000, 08:07 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Leon Brooks)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Threats don't work against the flock. Direct assault doesn't work. There are too many penguins to deal with individually, too little focus for serious control by an external entity. So, what methods are left to an aggressor?"

"Attrition - picking off the penguins one by one. This has numerous disadvantages for an aggressor, not the least of which is that there are simply too many penguins. Or like a bear fishing at an ice-hole, the aggressor may find that the penguins move too fast. Worse, while they're busy giving penguins an unbearable time, an orca (competitor) may pop up through the ice behind them and not so much eat their lunch as eat them for lunch...."

"Starvation - removing opportunities for the flock to feed. Following a "scorched ice" policy is difficult, at best. For the aggressor, all of the disadvantages of attrition are present, and in addition there are maneuverability issues...."

"Subversion - getting the penguins to believe lies. While many individual penguins are highly skeptical, others are not. This presents two avenues of attack, and I believe this is the most dangerous threat to the Open Source community...."

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