Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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@Lumbergh
by A nun, he moos on Sat 18th Dec 2004 19:41 UTC

Ok, so you admit that you're a leftist and so it's no suprise that you agree with his socialist rant.

I agree with his arguments. You have yet to offer any counter-arguments of your own.

I'm glad oppressive socialism isn't back in style in the United States.

Who said anything about "oppressive socialism"? Again, more soundbites without substance. How about actually constructing an argument, for a change?

That's an oxymoron. I guess you're ashamed to admit that you're a socialist.

No, it's not. You can be Libertarian on the left, or on the right, just like you can be authoritarian on the left or the right. Please, enlighten yourself:

http://www.politicalcompass.org/

If you're a game designer than what does Linux even offer you?

In a professional sense, nothing. We do use gcc and other FOSS tools, and I believe one of our servers runs Linux. The tech guys also use Linux liveCDs as diagnostic tools. However, this is irrelevant to the conversation. I use Linux at home for personal computing.

I guess the only thing FOSS even offers you is the ability to identify with other people (like Karl) that want to use FOSS as a vehicle for a socialist agenda.

No, FOSS offers me high-quality software that fulfills my personal computing needs without supporting an abusive OS monopoly.

BTW, since I guess you identify yourself with capitalism, you should know that monopolies are a direct threat to capitalism. Indeed, one of the main arguments in favor of free market is that they are self-regulatory (an article of faith which I don't share, but it is still one of the main arguments). The problem with monopolies is that, since they tend to stifle competition and push prices up, they are actually detrimental to the alleged regulatory mechanisms that would be inherent to free-markets. So, as a capitalist, you should be even more opposed to MS's OS monopoly than me, as it robs competition of the "level playing field" championed by free market theorists.

FOSS is a religion to you and Karl.

Uh, no. Religion implies metaphysical questions such as "where do we come from", "where do we go after we die" and so one. Also, religion is based more on emotions than rational discourse. Me and Karl have actually used rational discourse to present our opinions, while you're the one who has resorted to emotional ad hominem attacks.

There's only one person acting like a religious fanatic here, and it's you.