Set New Target: World Liberation
Matt Asay, VP of Alfresco, brings up an important point in his latest blog posting. Many of us are satisfied with merely growing the number of free / libre and open source software (FLOSS) users. We are often looking at it as merely a less-expensive way to obtain software, when we need to be thinking about the ideas at the root of it.
The United States was the world’s idol, not just because of our economy and our military, but because of our ideals. The reasons we are no longer so honored have to do with our focus on economic and military (and more recently, “homeland security”) instead of our historic ideals.
A few years ago, competition with FLOSS caused a leading proprietary software company to lobby for software preference based on open standards.
If FLOSS remains true to its ideals, there will always be some who disagree and refuse to use the software, but the continued spread of the software will help bring software freedom to most of the world. And on the heels of software freedom, other areas should also begin to open up.
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