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An interesting philosophical article on free software"I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
- Join Date
- Dec 2011
- Turtle Island West
I think most people don't like anarchy and fighting, even the hawks, and this is why societies exist in the first place: because people do spontaneously organize to create order from chaos. Most people want to be useful and valued by their peers, as that's where we get our identity from, so we try to do things that help society at large, or at least whatever group we identify with.
I know some people are not this way, but I do believe they are in the minority.
Some people like to play games, others like to play sports. I like to build things and solve puzzles, and open source is a way for me to do it and correspond with clever people from all across the world. When I use other OSes, I never get to build things or fix problems. I'm sitting there doing whatever the designers decided to let me do, and it makes me feel frustrated and useless. Probably a lot like a soccer player who is only allowed to watch games but not play.
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- Jan 2005
- Saint Paul, MN
Unix for many years was free from AT&T as well (until the AT&T break-up when they attempted to make money from it).
Thanks for that Hazel, it's a good read.Linux user #126863 - see http://linuxcounter.net/