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Graphics Muse: The impact of computing on society - where the goals of the Linux movement fit in

Oct 31, 1999, 14:32 (18 Talkback[s])
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"I'm often annoyed at the use of the term "world domination" as it is so freely bandied about by the leaders of the Linux and Open Source movements. Being a perpetually independent soul, I find such delusions of grandeur rather appalling. Why, for example, would I want to exchange the lunatic ranting of one dictator (or two, if you include Steve Balmer) for those of a collective group of lunatics?"

"But for the sake of argument, lets assume that world domination is not just a desirable goal, but an achievable one. What then would be the value of such domination? Would the lives of the individuals in a society be better off? Would there be progress towards equality of all peoples? And precisely what would be dominated? Computer Users? The business of computing? Society as a whole?"

"For some unpleasant reason, I actually think about this problem fairly often. I never have an answer, however. I just keep asking the same questions..."

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