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On Valuing Freedom More than Cushy Jail Cells

“In that system suppliers believe that the best customers and
users are captive ones. Customers and users believe that a free
market naturally restricts choices to silos. It’s a value system in
which VCs like to ask ‘What’s your lock-in?’. Even in 2007, long
after the Net has become established as an everyday necessity, we
still take for granted the assumption that living in a ‘free
market’ is to choose among jail cells. May the best prison win.

“That’s why I believe that the final success of Linux, and of
free and open source software, will be an economy that values
freedom and choice as much as it values scarcity…”

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