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Re: Bill Gates doesn't want Americans working for him

From: Paul Bramscher
Subject: Re: Bill Gates doesn't want Americans working for him
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 23:08:11 -0500
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John Bailo wrote:
Paul Bramscher wrote:

Except for the profit motive part. That's lacking in both the open source (OSI) and free software (GNU) movements. Also, nobody in the open source movement can corner or monopolize something.

Yes, you should have attended the lecture given by David Brin and Corey Doctorow at EMP in Seattle.

Brin was the more brilliant speaker -- said that the struggle is between people who build the marketplace, and the monopolists who want an oligarchy.

GNU Linux is far from any of the things you accuse it of. It's more akin to an absolutely free marketplace, where vendors can work and sell their wares ( in this case, labor ).

"Accuse" it of??? I *congratulate* it for being anarcho-syndicalist in nature. I run a SourceForge project myself an have been coding professionally in open source technologies for 5 years.

CSS is like a feudal castle, where high taxes are imposed on people and craftsmen, just for being on the land of the baron, and transacting business.

If you take the firefox source code and do something awesome with it, start a new project or major functionality, that's totally acceptable. Even encouraged. If you get the sourcecode of XP, you're probably going to jail.

Yes, but if you want to create a website, that adheres to world standards, you're not under the mercy of Bill Gate$ allowing you to run your code. Firefox is a Marketplace through which goods and services from businesses like Amazon can pass. Internet Explorer is a toll road, and more than that, it's a toll road through which the toll owner can block and hinder commerce to force it to his own store.

True. Though keep in mind that the so-called "standards" (changing monthly it seems) bodies are dominated by many Fortune 500 companies. Take the w3c for example:

And FireFox's development path is somewhat determined by them.

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