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Linux.com: Media Merger Megalomania

Jan 12, 2000, 16:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"Abbot J. Liebling once said, "Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one." With the merger of media conglomerate Time Warner and Internet provider America Online, these sage words should be re-examined."

"What does all this mean for Linux? Linux could not have happened without the cheap communication and distribution possibilities provided by the Internet. Even with a prodigal programmer such as Linus Torvalds, Linux would be a play-toy without the hundreds of other kernel programmers pushing development onward...."

"One way to short circuit the open source process is software patents; another is to control the information pipes of the Internet. Owning the infrastructure is like controlling the high ground of a battle field. Holding it doesn't guarantee victory, but it sure goes a long way. AOL is also the current "owner" of Netscape and by default Mozilla. Thanks to the deities that Mozilla is Open Source. I dare not imagine how much worse I'd be viewing all of these developments if we didn't have Mozilla."

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