May 16, 2001

How does the capitalist view Open Source?

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes, "Open Source advocates are often embarrassed at the suggestion that their favorite type of software may be a socialistic phenomenon.

Though they protest, many secretly fear it may be true. The sharing aspect of Open Source, its emphasis on community and its availability free of charge certainly sound like some form of Socialism. And Open Source doesn't lend itself easily to commercial exploitation. Is it anti-capitalist, then?" The column is at osOpinion.


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