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Begging the Software Gods

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| That manifesto was the GNU General Public License and while they started only
| with their hands and the clothes on their back, their little community grew
| and prospered and started to draw freedom-loving people who fled from
| proprietary dictatorships all over the world.
| Whereas a software company decides what you will have with varying degrees of
| input from you, the GPL community does not decide at all. Any member can have
| what he wants, provided that they work to get it. It is simply not possible
| to stop anyone from making the software do what he wants if he really wants
| it, unlike a proprietary software which you cannot change unless allowed to
| (through begging, asking, pleading etc).


"People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented,
didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will
always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will
come to accept their silicon masters."

--Bill Gates, Thuggish Tyrant


Open source values: Consensus

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| All this is in stark contrast to the proprietary model, which is at heart an
| entrepreneurial model. Bill Gates and Larry Ellison give orders, set
| direction, and play business differences like great poker players. Neither
| could have succeeded, I think, if open source were the chief model for
| software success 20 years ago.

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