March 23, 2004

What Would Our Forefathers Say About Open Source

William Nett writes ""Open Source or GPL software will doom the economy, and is against the capitalistic foundation of our country"... so says Steve Ballmer and SCO. But is it really? I think Benjamin Franklin would roll over in his grave at
Microsoft and SCO's view of Open Source software. Education up until the 1700's used to be for the rich and powerful. You either came from money and went to school, or you were poor and worked the fields. Ben however, came up with the idea of.. and get this, "A free and open public library." He also came up with the idea of free public fire departments, bifocals, the lightning rod,
etc... but none the less his reservations were for the benefit of the public. Last time I checked, there was no patent on any of them."



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