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LinuxWorld: Stalin would be pleased [with proprietary software]

Feb 09, 2000, 00:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Those who try to compare free software to communism have it backwards. In fact, I'd say that proprietary software is much more like communism than free software is, because the two share the concept of strong, top-down central planning."

"...if central planning could not help communist leaders centrally manage the supply of mundane commodities like meat and eggs, it is even less likely to help proprietary software companies manage the design of their products in the fast-moving world of high tech."

"With intellectual property, it is vastly more complex (and thus expensive) to produce to first unit than it is to produce any subsequent unit. Once you're gone through the trouble of coding your program, it is relatively trivial to copy it... Once intellectual property is created, it's dead easy to replicate. It was easy to replicate and ship intellectual property in the days before the Internet; and it is much easier now..."

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