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The Myth of the Freeloading User

Jun 02, 2009, 12:03 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"Since then, I have learned that, indeed, leeches are often used in medical techniques, particularly where surgeons and physicians need a patent's blood to not clot. They provide a natural, low-impact method to prevent coalguation... so even if the "ick" factor is really high, leeches still have a valued use in today's medicine.

"It's with this bit of knowledge that I approach the whole "leeches" in open source meme that's been floating around of late.

"Michael Scharf of the Eclipse Project got things going last month in a blog entry that railed against "freeloaders": those users who use Eclipse (because its free) and don't contribute back (because--according to Scharf--they're parasites)."

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