[sclug] Cheap'n'nasty Tesco Linux machines

Tom Carbert-Allen tom at randominter.net
Mon Mar 17 18:12:59 UTC 2008

originator? does someone claim title to the concept of open source 
software? If so, I don't accept this. Are you talking about this Eric 
Raymond bloke that someone else mentioned?

Personally I describe myself as an anarchist, but don't have the 
academic knowledge of politcal systems to label my particular branch of 
anarchism. As by and large learning this was of no benefit to me. I tend 
to develop a variation of my beliefs for each interaction anyway.

If you guys think communism has a bad name, try telling people you are 
an anachist then defend yourself.... These days I am far to busy playing 
with computers or having fun  to bother though.

I was pondering on the idea of setting a maximum time limit on copyright 
though? Maybe 0.5-3 years depending on the type of software? Does that work?


Alex Butcher wrote:
> On Sun, 16 Mar 2008, Tom Carbert-Allen wrote:
>> I wish people would stop darkening the name of 
>> communism/socialism/marxism by both suggesting that communist 
>> countries are evil and by re-stating that evil dictators who claim to 
>> be communist are showing us how bad an idea communism is.
>> FOSS show that the socialist ideals do actually work rather well, and 
>> can dispell many a myth about there production rate being slower, or 
>> quality poorer.
> I think the originator of 'OSS' would be rather disgusted with it being
> associated with communism, socialism or marxism, given that he's a
> right-leaning libertarian!
> Personally, I think of Free Software as most similar to true
> (Bakunin/Proudhon) Anarchism rather than any of the political ideologies
> you've described (of course, Anarchism is not completely divorced from
> Marxism...). There's no dictatorship involved, whether from evil 
> dictators
> or the proletariat! Heck, we tend to think Microsoft and their 
> customers are
> heading down a blind alley, but consider them free to carry on doing 
> so if
> they so wish (as long as it's not our taxes they're spending...)
>> TCA
> Best Regards,
> Alex.

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