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On Valuing Freedom More than Cushy Jail Cells

Aug 27, 2007, 23:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"In that system suppliers believe that the best customers and users are captive ones. Customers and users believe that a free market naturally restricts choices to silos. It's a value system in which VCs like to ask 'What's your lock-in?'. Even in 2007, long after the Net has become established as an everyday necessity, we still take for granted the assumption that living in a 'free market' is to choose among jail cells. May the best prison win.

"That's why I believe that the final success of Linux, and of free and open source software, will be an economy that values freedom and choice as much as it values scarcity..."

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