Slate: Don't Listen to Bill Gates. The Open-Source Movement Isn't Communism.
Nov 23, 2005, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam L. Penenberg)
"This month, SAP's Shai Agassi referred to open-source software
as 'intellectual property socialism.' In January, Bill Gates
suggested that free-software developers are communists. A few years
earlier, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called the open-source
operating system Linux 'a cancer.' Considering what these guys say
in public, I wonder what dark words they utter in private--that
al-Qaida uses open-source software to plot terrorist attacks?
"The philosophy behind open-source software is simple. Instead
of zealously protecting source code--the blood and guts of any
computer program--open source encourages any programmer to tear
apart the code and build it back up again. The theory is that this
collaborative process encourages innovation and decreases bugs by
increasing the number of people with a stake in the project..."