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[News] Free Software is Matter of Society

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Freedom Is For People

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| All of these metaphors or frameworks turn the conversation from individual 
| freedom to supra-human systems. This inevitably privileges those systems over 
| the individual and when decisions must be made to protect the system 
| individual freedom will suffer as a result.   
| This can be seen happening in real-world projects. Too many people are 
| confusing the idea of gifts as random acts of kindness, or of the "needs" of 
| corporations, with the subject of freedom. That subject must always be human 
| individuals.   
| The products of freedom can be regarded as forming commons, and gift 
| economies, and reputation economies. But privileging these secondary 
| phenomena over the thing that creates them will stifle freedom.  
| The subject of freedom must be actual people, not abstract economic models 
| that can lead to the freedom of actual people being compromised. 



Father of microloans sees end to poverty

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| Computer programmer Tom Bostelmann had felt disconnected from philanthropy as 
| a tech guy. Now he works as a consultant to the Grameen Technology Center, 
| developing open-source banking systems software.  


Altruism and open source

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| The story illustrates a point. That is, open source goals are often
| directed outward, not inward. It's not, I'm going to make money, but
| we're going to accomplish some larger goal.
| Often the target of open source ambition is the customer. Open
| source projects drive out costs and bring savings, which multiply
| as customers learn more about their open source tools. 


Why Do Some Software Programmers Work for Free?

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| In the end, the results suggest that a potential monetary payoff down the 
| line does motivate software developers to be more productive, but many 
| developers are still attracted to the movement for things besides pecuniary 
| rewards. They just don't seem to work as hard.   

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