Linux Haters Make a Few Valid Points
Feb 18, 2009, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."