Technocrat: An Unfortunate Part of Eric Raymond’s China Message

[ Thanks to Dave
for this link. ]

“Eric Raymond writes that a story about China adopting Linux as
its official OS is a fraud. It is a fraud, and Eric is functioning
appropriately as a spokesperson within the free software community
when he says so. Eric’s been doing a pretty good job lately, and I
appreciate that….”

In order to deflect talk of Linux being a “communist
enterprise”, we need to be clear about the relationship of Free
Software (Open Source) to communism. Free software does create a
“commons”: a sort of publicly-owned property, collectively
maintained for the good of all.
Karl Marx didn’t invent that
either, it’s a critical aspect of every community, and most
capitalistic enterprises would wither without a publicly-owned
infrastructure to support them.”


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