Sunday, March 12, 2006


An interesting article in Techworld about one variety of co-optation thats possible when open-source flirts with closed-source. Its articles like this that make me a) resist the idea that introducing open-source into the world of formerly-proprietary-source models has any influence on the central issue of making software free, and b) accept the claim that it opens the door to an eventual "embrace, extend, extinguish" situation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like we have many years of sparring ahead of us, huh? :-) you know, most of my arguments up till now have been historical--that is open source has yet to crush the spirit of free software, that its circulation in the circuits of capital have actually been a boon to free software, even if diluting the message in other important ways. but the jury is certainly out; i think in some ways it is too early too tell what the verdict will be and perhaps it won't be either/or but i do wonder... given the cooptation of most things, will this be different?


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