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Open Source and Capitalism: Culture Clash and the Road to World Domination

May 19, 2001, 19:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Perkins)

Greg Perkins writes:

Seeing the recent interest in discussing the connection (or lack) between open source and capitalism, I thought people might enjoy reading an article that appeared in a special Linux issue of the peer-reviewed industry magazine IEEE Software:

"Culture Clash and the Road to World Domination".

This article presents an analysis of the open source community's character, incentives, and systemic interactions. What emerges is precisely the opposite of the fairly widespread, intuitive understanding: rather than an assumed hostility or incompatibility between open source and individualism/capitalism, there are in fact deep parallels that flow from a common foundation.

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