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It is Alright to be Just a Linux User

Dec 16, 2008, 20:02 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Unfortunately, whenever one puts so much weight on a collective precise thinking is seldom what's being practiced, for a "collective" is merely an abstraction for a "number of individuals". A collective therefore doesn't actually exist. So explaining the FOSS phenomenon in terms of collectivism leads to severe and even dangerous misconceptions. To see what's actually going on we only need to look from the perspective of individuals involved, and that would be a practice of thinking that's much more precise. Answers then become more specific and even simpler, because we don't have to use vague abstract sounding words in our explanations.

"Even the term "Linux community" is more likely meaningless than not, almost like an attempt to impose a perception of coherency and uniformity to something that is anything but coherent and uniform. It would almost be more precise to call it a "Linux anti-community". Even the nature of software development model employed flies in face of what is represented by "community" as it encourages more diversity and individualism than any model I know of. Everyone can have their own flavor, take control of their own software and even fork a whole project if they so wish."

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