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osOpinion: Open Source for Good Health

Aug 10, 2001, 14:10 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Jacques)

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Initially angrily expressed, but a useful point:

"I do this for fun, as I suspect do the majority of people who've gone to the trouble of producing so much outstanding work for us free of charge. It's about having fun and maybe even expanding our understanding.

Dare I say that computing is not necessarily a commercial endeavor? If so, why do so many people with a monetary incentive have so much to say? Do dollars translate to value? If so, that means that good health is worthless because it costs nothing and bad health is valuable because it costs so much to deal with.

So I declare the open source movement a success. It has brought me something that if development were to stop tomorrow would have lasting value for the rest of my life. It has freed me from the oppression of the commercialization of ideas. It has eliminated the barriers to my ability to express myself, whether it be a programming project or a network experiment."

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