Set New Target: World Liberation

Sunday, 2008-March-16 at 11:01 2 comments

Open source: world domination or world liberation? | The Open Road – The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay – CNET Blogs

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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2 Comments

  • 1. Matt Asay  |  Sunday, 2008-March-16 at 20:56

    Interesting point on the US’ change in focus. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but suspect you’re right. It makes my point much better than I did: a focus on ideals will tend to lead to the right practices, while a focus on right practices, unanchored by ideals, will tend to lose its way.

    Thanks for the comments. You’ve given me something to think about….

  • 2. Helge Brzoska  |  Monday, 2008-March-17 at 23:31

    We just started a new (quite int’l) initiative to exchange ideas and practices about/of open source marketing and marketing by using open source methods. So we founded the “OSMPA” (Open Source Marketing Professionals Association). Thought leaders like James Cherkoff, Tara Hunt, Zak Greant already joined in the first 5 days. Maybe this can be an open global approach to liberate Marketing? Love to discuss with anyone interested over here at OSMPA.org. – regards, Helge


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