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GNU/Linux World Domination for the Wrong Reasons

Mar 12, 2008, 21:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Whenever I hear people discussing GNU/Linux's prospects for becoming more popular, I'm reminded of a comment by Tommy Douglas, the social democrat who became a hero for introducing universal health care into Canada. If he could press a button and gain a million voters who did not understand his policies, he said, then he would not press that button. He meant that he was not in politics simply to be elected, but to gain supporters for his ideals--and that he was determined not to lose sight of his long term goals while pursing short term ones.

"The comment resonates for me because, increasingly, in the rush for market share, many people seem to lose sight of the fact that the goal of GNU/Linux and free software is not popularity in itself, but the wide acceptance of a set of ideals..."

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