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InfoWorld: Where the heart lies

Sep 29, 2001, 04:02 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)
"It was not long before the news media began to remind us that selflessness and courage were among the highest ideals of our nation. It may not make headlines on most normal days, but the willingness to do the right thing when a need arises -- even at great cost to oneself -- has always been one of the greatest American virtues.

How is it, then, that open-source software is un-American? Someone who works hard at creating a useful piece of code and then selflessly elects to make it freely available to all is hardly engaged in an un-American act. Even if that person happens not to be an American, he or she is engaged in a practice that America has long respected.

Although it is true that writing open-source software is not on the same level as running into a collapsing building to save lives, it is true that electing to write open-source code is by no means a subversive activity. It is, in fact, a little slice of selflessness -- something that America applauds."

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