Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 21st Jan 2011 17:34 UTC, submitted by jimmy1971
GNU, GPL, Open Source Richard Hillesley has written about the fate of various Sun open source projects since that firm's acquisition by Oracle. He noticeably quotes Oracle CEO Larry Ellison as having said "If an open source product gets good enough, we'll simply take it."
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RE[7]: Comment by jimmy1971
by jimmy1971 on Fri 21st Jan 2011 22:12 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by jimmy1971"
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Economic coercion is never a social benefit. Any industry that bases its profits on people being "forced" into buying upgraded products manufactured in foreign sweatshops by workers who are continuously subjected to unsafe, unhealthy and degrading working conditions does not present a social benefit to anyone but the shareholders.

It is up to us, the stakeholders of the economy, to look out for our own interests first, either individually and collectively. Using and contributing to free software is but one way many of us choose to do this.

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