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Upside: Linux and Napster users: Cut from the same yarn

Sep 20, 2000, 11:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"...Granted, a lot has been written about the free software-free music link in recent months. Thanks to recent innovations such as Napster, Gnutella and Freenet, the age-old hacker mantra of "information wants to be free" has found a new voice within a new generation of oppressed Slipknot and Limp Bizkit fans."

"Aside from the rebels-without-an-effect angle, however, little has been written to address the interesting similarities between free software and modern music in the less visible area of creative development."

"After all, today's hackers and DJs share more than just a penchant for expensive electronic toys and ill-advised haircuts. In a world characterized by information overload, both cultures have emerged as separate appendages of the same post-modern beast. Whether it's Gnome hackers appropriating the GIMP tool kit for their own benefit or musicians such as DJ Spooky overhauling Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls," throwing in hip-hop samples underneath, the underlying creative concepts are the same: Take the best. Dump the rest. Integrate and start over."

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