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The Guardian: Giving it all away [Free Software backgrounder]

Jan 26, 2001, 15:19 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

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"As yet another former dot.com darling crashes and burns into cyber-oblivion, many must be experiencing a certain guilty Schadenfreude. Just as people had suspected, it seems the multibillion dollar new economy behemoths were as full of nothing as the zeros in their improbable valuations."

"But to confuse the frothy, headline-grabbing excitement of e-business and its egregious if entertaining cast of characters with the real achievement of the internet would be a tragic mistake. For the rise of the net as an open, universal communications medium has created another kind of wealth that has nothing to do with share options and initial public offerings (IPO's.)"

"In contrast to the hype and self-promotion of the e-commerce sector, thousands of selfless individuals have been quietly working away, steadily putting together the internet's best-kept secret and greatest gift: free software."

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