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Rob Myers Critique of Open Source

“Yochai Benkler describes Open Source as a methodology of
commons based peer production. This means work made collaboratively
and shared publicly by a community of equals. For Eric Raymond the
virtue of Open Source is its efficiency. Open Source can create
better products faster than the old closed source model. Many of
the most successful software programs in use today, particularly on
the internet, are Open Source.

“Applying the ideas of Open Source to other projects, be they
political, philosophical or artistic, is more difficult than it
might seem. The idea of Open Source as a more efficient means of
production has nothing to say about what Open Source politics or
art should be like…”


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