Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Mar 2006 16:34 UTC, submitted by Linuxfanboy
Microsoft "This time it's patents that will ensure the downfall of GNU/Linux and with it, the entire world of open source. But before hanging up your certified geek propeller-hat and retraining as a dental hygienist, you might want to consider the following brief history of Microsoft's use of fear, uncertainty, and doubt as a weapon against GNU/Linux." Hopelessly pro-everything-that-is-Linux, but an interesting overview of Microsoft's approach to Linux over the years nonetheless. Elsewhere, the Guardian looks at the challanges Microsoft is currently facing.
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RE: Communism
by gustl on Fri 31st Mar 2006 12:06 UTC in reply to "Communism"
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2006-01-19

You US-Americans have a distorted picture in your minds about what communism is.

What you meant to say is: "Fortunately, I've never lived under anything like DICTATORSHIP"

Communism in it's true meaning is just how most families are structured. The families have common goods they use, like a house or flat, they eat from the same table. That is communism.

The question if communism can work or not, is related to the scale of the community.

Communism will not work where millions, thousands or hundreds of people are in the society, China, North Korea and USSR have proven that every communist country will transform into a bad dictatorship.

Some communities in Israel who have structures resembling communism have close to 100 members, and they manage to live quite good lifes. It seems that this is the upper border for a communistic society which actually works. In families communism is usual, not the exception.

The fathers of communism (Marx, Lenin) thought that a system like in a usual family should be expanded to the whole country. It was a failure, the ones who were the most reckless won the run to the top job and communism itself has no correction implemented if the wrong person comes to power. Democracy has such a correction implemented, that is the reason why it works (more or less ;) ).

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