[UPHPU] OT: open source software and freedom (was: Zend Studio)
fungus at aros.net
Tue Jun 7 11:16:41 MDT 2005
On Jun 7, 2005, at 10:30 AM, Gary Thornock wrote:
> Copyright is fairly recent, but not just 20th Century. Here,
> for instance, are a couple of speeches on the subject that were
> delivered in Parliament in 1841:
Thanks for the correction.
> On the argument that you should make your money from support:
> there are, indeed, several business models where you can make
> money doing things related to open source software. Support
> is one, consulting is one, patronage is one, ... However, that
> doesn't change the fact that many companies and individual
> developers want, for varying reasons, to produce closed source
> software, and there is no particular moral reason not to do so.
I think I let my zealotry cloud my mind a bit. You are right that
this is not a moral issue, but a ideological one. Free Software,
IMHO, is best for the society as a whole. It allows for faster,
easier, and more innovation and flexibility.
> As long as we're pulling in Ayn Rand, how about a little
> Heinlein: "Correct morality can only be derived from what man is
> -- not from what do-gooders and well-meaning aunt Nellies would
> like him to be."
Nice quote, I really like Heinlen.
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