Dear Dan Lyons: Open Source was Never 'Counter Culture'
Mar 18, 2008, 23:15 (4 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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)..."