Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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RE[3]: Is it good or bad?
by lemur2 on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 13:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Is it good or bad?"
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In a Utopian environment, I think this would be an excellent idea. But in reality, I think it would create even more bloated, expensive, garbage software that just got in the way of production and innovation.

This exact system of collaboration in software development in a consumer's cooperative organisation, involving companies whose main product is not software, has already produced a significant number of very fine, very low cost, general purpose software products that participating organisations can use to significantly reduce their costs.

Some examples of companies & organisations saving millions for you:

I could go on, but I think that is enough to make the point.

Some companies/organisations don't have to employ more than a handful of software people of their own in order to enjoy almost for free a software product that cost billions to develop:

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