Felix Stalder on Wed, 19 Dec 2001 03:15:01 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> The Fading Altruism of Open Source Development

>> By reading David Lancashire's article and by following this thread i
>> still don't understand if you're voluntarily blurring differences
>> between "free software" and "open source" or you are simply ignorant:
>Yes, it is indeed disappointed that a term that was (quite consciously)
>coined as a depoliticized new economy marketing buzzword for Free Software
>has so widely been adopted in "critical" net cultures.

I quite deliberately (con)fuse the two, though I'm sure I'm also ignorant.
I think separating now FSF/GNU and Open Source/Linux is like trying to
separate the ingredients of a meal after it has been cooked. It's pretty
pointless. It's clear that Linux and other Open Source projects heavily
built on FSF work, however, I think it's also clear that without Linux (and
other projects) the great FSF would have remained a rather closed, albeit
pure, medium-sized club.

One of the most interesting aspects in this entire movement is the degree
to which it has been able to absorb very different, even contradictory
ideas. Any attempt to purify this heterogeneous beast (to use a
semi-Latourian term) is pedantic at best, destructive at worst.

So far, I think the politics are still in the code, not in the label, and I
cannot see much difference between Open Source/Linux GPL code and FSP GPL
code. But then again, I'm not a hacker.

> but any programmer who's mostly or even only
>in it for the money would be stupid to program anything but proprietary
>software (which, no doubt, is more profitable).

Which is not necessarily true. I guess John Gilmore is still quite wealthy
(good for the EFF).  However, this is totally besides the point. Whether
someone makes money or not is not really the question, the question is the
quality of the output  and its impact on others. The rest, from my point of
view, is a life-style question.


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