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Free Software as Part of the Anarchist Toolkit

Jun 28, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"Contrast this with the fruits of the free software movement so far, where the means of production is back in the hands of the ordinary people -well programmers at least but who are not driven by the motive of profit but seem instead to be acting out the human values of creativity, inquisitiveness and solidarity and sharing. Instead of the destructive products some of which were listed above, I think it would be fair to say that the products produced have enhanced human culture, and helped in the exchanged of ideas and further advancement of communication amongst and between people directly. When I say this, I am thinking of course of software like the Mozilla/Firefox browser, Apache webserver (reckoned 50% of all webservers are run on Apache), Perl and PHP programming languages, various free music players, email programs (Mozilla Thunderbird), ftp software, wikis, blogs, free publishing tools, free image, video and audio players and editing tools (gvim) and loads of other stuff. And of course Linux. And this has not been restricted to just the English speaking Western world because a lot of this software has been translated into numerous languages and the benefits of this intellectual capital is available to all the countries of the world.

"And yet potentially this is really only the beginning..."

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