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FairfaxIT: The power and the pleasure

Sep 13, 1999, 23:01 (8 Talkback[s])
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"LINUS TORVALDS and Bill Gates may have more in common than merely being two of the world's foremost ubergeeks."

"Despite often being placed at either end of the computing spectrum - Torvalds portrayed as the guerrilla hacker out to destroy Gates' Microsoft's monopoly - both operate in a "gift economy" with shared values."

"Gates, the world's richest man, guarantees his status through fiscal philanthropy, Torvalds' path to fame is through the software that bears his name, Linux."

"How do the very rich compete for status among themselves? They compete to see who can give away the most in the most public way," Raymond told a gathering of about 200 delegates."

"The hacker culture is a gift culture in a similar way."

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