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Why "Open Source" Misses the Point of Software Freedom

Sep 28, 2007, 19:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.B. Nicholson-Owens)

"If price is chiefly important, there's no reason to favor 'open source' software over an illicit copy of a proprietary program that performs better. Some proprietors exploit this weakness and offer their software at low or no cost. There's no way to teach people to favor fundamentally important issues such as building and defending community. It's a great example of knowing the cost of something and not its value.

"The philosophy of the younger open source movement is really not an adequate response to the older free software movement; the ethics the open source movement never discuss keep coming up (any discussion of digital management restrictions (DRM), the recent update Microsoft pushed on Windows users without the the user's consent are recent examples)..."

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