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Conspiracy Theorists and Free Software

Jan 03, 2008, 22:45 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"No one can be involved in the free software community to any extent without stumbling across conspiracy theorists. Like the mad wife in the attic, they're an embarrassment to the community, clinging to attitudes appropriate to the days when free software was new and vulnerable, and providing an easy means for outsiders to discredit the rest of the community. They can also waste a lot of your time if you let them, so you should learn how to identify them for your own sake.

"You remember the scene in Apocalypse Now when Colonel Kurtz mumbles his story? You may remember leaning forward, straining to hear him--only to realize with a cold thrill that what he is saying is insane..."

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