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Tech Central Station: Source Socialism

Oct 03, 2002, 19:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sonia Arrison)

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"At a recent Stanford University lecture, open source proselytizer Bruce Perens encouraged students to get involved in the open source political movement. A few folks were enthused, but many seemed confused by how a method of software production and distribution can ignite such activism.

"Open source software products are usually free of charge and are created and altered by many different individuals. The Linux operating system, which can be used instead of Microsoft Windows, is an example of an open source product. Linux is popular with many technical folks because of its quality, but not all of them have political feelings about it.

"Indeed, there would have been much less confusion if Perens had given his talk to a political science or sociology class where students regularly consider terms like 'equity,' 'empowerment,' and 'social contracts.' It will clearly take more time to incite electrical engineering and computer science students, let alone the masses..."

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