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Do Top Hackers Have Too Much Money?

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| Having money implies a certain amount of time has passed since you first got 
| it, and time changes many things. As most people have found, no matter how 
| wonderful a job can seem at first, in the initial flush of triumph and 
| enthusiasm, after a while things begin to niggle. You may find the work 
| mundane or repetitive, the office uncongenial, management lacking in 
| comprehension, or that there are myriad other things that exasperate you.     


Open source: It's about capitalism, not freebies

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| I've been saying for years that open source is about capitalism, not 
| communism. 
| I used to laugh when Microsoft ignorantly slandered open source 
| as "anti-American" because the inverse was so clearly the case (PDF chapter 
| from Open Sources 2.0).  
| Now Forbes, hardly a bastion of communist thought, is running an article that 
| profiles several prominent open-source capitalists, including Brian 
| Behlendorf (Apache, CollabNet), John Roberts (SugarCRM), and Rod Johnson 
| (SpringSource). It turns out that these entrepreneurs have found winning ways 
| to turn open source into cash.     


Microsoft = totality; fascism.

Turning coders into support machines, writers to readers and artists to robots.


Business vs. FOSS: Six Pressure Points

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| The question of whether business can co-exist with free and open source
| software (FOSS) was settled long ago. It can, and not only successful
| companies like Red Hat but also the willingness of venture capitalists to
| fund FOSS business models proves the case.



"Kinder capitalism"? It's called open source, Mr. Gates. You should try it

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| There are other reasons that open source fits Mr. Gates' call for a "kinder
| capitalism." The point is that the open-source revolution Mr. Gates has long
| fought is the single-best answer for building global (IT) economies, just as
| it's doing in Europe right now according to the European Union.  
| You should try giving away open source as part of your foundation, Mr. Gates.
| You could undo much of the wrongs you've done the world's IT economy.


The GPL is a capitalist's best friend

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| The GPL simply protects through transparency and openness, not opacity and
| closed doors. Many of the industry's most successful open-source vendors use
| the GPL for this very reason.  


Soviet Microsoft

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| The New Soviet Union.
| Microsoft isn't evil for being Microsoft, but because its leadership
| values control above delivering good products or advancing the state
| of the art. Rather than competing in the market, Microsoft's
| leadership has pursued a strategy of repeatedly deceiving the market.
| The result has been decades of productivity losses that negatively
| impact the rest of the world's economy and distract humanity away from
| technical achievement to instead fiddle with shoddy software that is
| weak because it was developed outside of competitive pressure....
| However, the iron fist of resistance to outside ideas was as
| destructive to the USSR as the inbreeding of royalty was to Europe's
| empire nations before it. Microsoft is facing the same failure by
| arrogantly pushing old strategies and ignoring the potential of open
| source. Microsoft's anti-open rhetoric even sounds a lot like the
| Soviet's view of free markets, laced with fear-based propaganda that
| promises dire consequences for experimenting with the open source
| ideas that are already proven to work outside of the Red Square of
| Redmond....


What's all the FUD about?

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| My favorite, classic FUD comes from Steve Ballmer. "There's no company called
| Linux, there's barely a Linux road map. Yet Linux sort of springs organically
| from the earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that
| people love so very, very much about it." Here, Ballmer went to the route of
| the American psyche. How many Americans, to this day, still cringe a little
| in fear at the voicing of "communism"? If there's anyway to turn Americans
| off from buying a Linux PC, it's to emblazon the image of a big, red, Soviet  
| Flag on the face of Linux, to conjure up an image of FIdel Castro reciting
| his communist propaganda from a speech he'd written on his openoffice,org
| word processor, to strike fear into our hearts at the thought of a Wisconsin
| Senator named Joe McCarthy barging into our houses in the middle of the night
| to send us away to prison for life because we owned an Ubuntu PC. I can't say
| if this FUD actually worked; it was so preposterous, and so few people give
| any credence to what Ballmer says anymore, that people might have just
| laughed at it. But it does show the depths to which proprietary software
| makers will go to keep the Linux and open source software threat out of their
| wallets.              

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