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What Open Source Can Learn From Steve Jobs, Part 2

Nov 02, 2011, 12:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Hudson)

"Once you are in that situation, you should choose the lesser evil. The lesser evil is to give your friend a copy and violate the licence of the program.

"Whereas the developer of the program has deliberately attacked the social solidarity of your community. Deliberately tried to separate you from everyone else in the World. So if you can't help doing wrong in some direction or other, better to aim the wrong at somebody who deserves it, who has done something wrong, rather than at somebody who hasn't done anything wrong.

"This is the same childish 'stick it to da man!' rationalization that kids use to justify everything from pirating music and movies to carjacking and robbing convenience stores. It's also an admission that you can't compete on either technical merit or execution."

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