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Dear Dan Lyons: Open Source was Never 'Counter Culture'

Mar 18, 2008, 23:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Mark)

"Day 10,274 of misunderstood musings on Open Source. Dan Lyons talks about Open Source being in 'an identity crisis' likening it to some punk band from the 70's that's now playing stadiums and losing touch with its original ethos. This is wrong on many, many levels.

"First off, Open Source was never counter culture. This has been a difficult lesson for many to learn, due to the casual conflation of Open Source with Free Software and the FSF. One could argue that there is a significant set of Open Source developers and users who believe very strongly in things like information rights, code reciprocity, and the like (I count myself in this group)..."

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