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Linux.com: Volunteer Puppets?

Feb 15, 2000, 05:53 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerry Hatchett)

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"In reading through other articles that were posted on Linux.com recently, along with the public replies to those articles, one can only draw the conclusion that a number of readers see this site as somewhat of a 'puppet' of VA Linux. I can absolutely guarantee you that in my own personal experience, nothing could be further from the truth!"

"Digging deeper into the underlying discussion about the expansion at VA Linux, I believe that the core issue comes down to the same debate about whether it's acceptable to make money on software in general and Linux in particular. Altruism/Good Intentions vs. Capitalism/Evil Conspiracy. Allow me to weigh in on that debate with great brevity: I choose altruism. And I choose capitalism. The two can, should, and do co-exist just fine, thank you very much. It's okay to selflessly contribute one's time and talents for the good of the cause. It's also perfectly alright to get paid and be able to buy groceries. (For that matter, I think it's okay to get paid very well and be able to buy much more than groceries. Congratulations!) Altruism does not always equate to good, and capitalism most certainly does not automatically point to evil conspiracy."

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