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[News] Free Software Achieved the Impossible, Copyleft Next

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Germ Form Theory (2): what stage for peer production?

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| Free Software has been declared dead and gone ever so often, during the past 
| 25 years; nevertheless, as always, it is still alive and doing very well. 
| According to our own analysis, the very reason for this is that a number of 
| fundamental principles of Free Software–namely the possibility for 
| Selbstentfaltung and the unlimitedness–can not be copied by the capitalist 
| logic. Capitalism can not cope with unlimitedness because you need scarcity 
| to sell a commodity. Copyright is a way to make information goods scarce and 
| thus subject to commodification. Copyleft turns this around and destroys 
| scarcity. On the other hand, Selbstentfaltung is the opposite of alienation. 
| However, the money system of capitalism is built upon one of the most massive 
| alienations mankind has ever seen, so far, and alienation destroys 
| Selbstentfaltung, at least to some extent. If the reasons for the success of 
| Free Software in fact do lie in Selbstentfaltung and the unlimitedness, then 
| capitalism will not be able to cope with this unless it relinquishes its 
| fundamental positions. In other words: Capitalism is not able to absorb the 
| principles underlying the success of peer production.               



The industrious revolutionary

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| Android has been developed using open-source technology, which is freely
| available for anyone who wishes to use it or improve it. Google's next step
| is likely to be the gPhone, which could be a fierce rival for Apple's wildly
| hyped iPhone.
| According to this version of the future, Google and other open-source
| advocates will eventually crush proprietary companies like Apple and
| Microsoft unless they, too, see the light.
| "The only positive result of America invading Iraq was that it persuaded
| China to go open-source," Dryden enthuses. "Now China has slashed the price
| of laptop computers by 90 per cent by making them without an operating
| system, which you can download for free off the net."


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."

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