ZDNet gives Bruce Perens equal time to rebut Zack MacCrisken's
recent column "One Agnostic's View on Open Source Theology":
"On ZDNet News, Jack MacCrisken's commentary One
agnostic's view on open source theology sounds another strident
voice from the Microsoft camp. Jack isn't an "agnostic"; he's a
Microsoft consultant who previously specialized in bringing patent
lawsuits against entire industries. And like MS executives, Jack
comes with his own smoke and mirrors, like calling open source a
'theology.' Comparing [open source software] to religion is a
rhetorical device to deny that there is logic behind it, and then
Jack goes on to say that we are hostile to conventional ideas about
property rights. We're not just religious, we're commies too!
Perhaps he thinks that Karl Marx invented "helping your
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