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Linux Haters Make a Few Valid Points

Feb 18, 2009, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremiah T. Gray)

"GNU and Linux are essential to repelling this notion of complete privatization wherein developers would presumably have to pay royalties to use software development tools, if they were even available to lone programmers. The world of ubiquitous proprietary software looks disturbingly like broadcast media when you put it all in place.

"Rather than the latest frontier for the Marketplace of Ideas, if closed-source commercial software actually killed off FOSS, the Internet would effectively be cable TV. This model has worked really effectively for powerful market participants, and they're eager to get the Web under control and employing a more familiar revenue model in place of the prevailing ad hoc anarchy."

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