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LXer: FOSS: The Savior of Democracy

Oct 18, 2005, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

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"It has always amused and bothered me when people say 'Forget the philosophy. Pay no attention to that crazy Stallman dood. Just choose the best software for the job.' Now it mostly just bothers me, because it is a short-sighted and wrongheaded perspective. Everything flows from some sort of philosophy. You don't get good stuff from bad philosophy. Of course you know my favorite poster boys to use as an example--Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and Microsoft. Everything they do flows from a simple philosophy: their way or the highway, everyone who is not a friend is an enemy, enemies must be destroyed (notice how their friends often suffer the same fate as their enemies), and there is no such thing as making too much money. The results of this philosophy we already know.

"I have always resisted the notion that the FOSS world is at war with Microsoft. It sounds so dramatic, like a silly fantasy of lonely geeks still living in their mom's basements, trying to make coding into a macho activity..."

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