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Open source needed to save democracy

Jan 18, 2012, 20:01 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Despite open software's popularity in some sectors of the community, and the success of some projects, the movement as a whole has failed to defend its own future against the threat of laws designed to regulate the flow of information, such as the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and, before it, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

"In part, that's because many open-source developers have an attitude problem, says Perens. 'Let's face it; most of us don't even like users. We call them 'lusers'. We make the software for ourselves and the other developers. Why should we like them?'

"Nothing is more annoying, said Perens, than the complaining user who says that the software stinks, when he's never contributed anything himself."

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