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Feb 23, 1999, 00:31 (5 Talkback[s])

"Is Open Source a libertarian fantasy or a revival of sixties radicalism?"

"Anyone looking for evidence of Open Source software's transformation into a bona fide political movement need only review the events of the past few days. The week began with a string of protests at Microsoft offices around the country -- organized by Linux advocates -- demanding refunds for the unwanted copies of Windows 95 thrust upon them by Microsoft's licensing deals with PC manufacturers. On Thursday, the movement's primary mouthpiece, Slashdot.org, reported a rift between two leading members of the revolutionary vanguard: Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens, resulting in Perens' departure from the Open Source Initiative. And on Sunday morning, The New York Times Magazine featured a profile of Linus Torvalds called "The Rebel Code," that made the soft-spoken Linux creator out to be a kind of digital age Tom Hayden."

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