APLawrence.com -  Resources for Unix and Linux Systems, Bloggers and the self-employed

Lunatic Liberal Fringe and Linux

© April 2004 Tony Lawrence

The Open Source movement is, I think, important for the world. This is opinion. Bill Gates has a contrary opinion, and I don't insist that I am morally right. I believe I am right. I believe that sharing and openness will enrich all our lives, encourage innovation, and help create a better world.

I am a capitalist. I believe in private property, and I believe in some system that rewards invention. However, I think capitalism has gone too far, that corporations have too much power, and that the inherent greed impoverishes us.

Is Microsoft evil? Yes. Not deliberately, not consciously. They, and the other large corporate players, see it all as a game. Well, it's a game where the losers live miserable, desperate lives. People die in this game, children die. The underprivileged and even a lot of the supposedly "privileged" are abused in this game, and their humanity is ignored.

Let's not get completely loony here: Linux and Open Source aren't going to transform the world into a utopia of love and kindness. But I do believe that this movement is at least part of what is needed if we are ever to escape poverty, despair, ignorance, hunger and all the other ills that plague us.

Yes, I am a liberal lunatic. I know that, but I can't see how being an uncaring super-capitalist is useful. It may be pragmatic; humanities ills may be uncurable, but I just can't live believing that. I have to believe that we can improve, and I do believe that this is a small part of that improvement. It may even be an important part: opening up closed societies may improve lives, and bringing openness into corporate cultures may help bring changes there.

So, loony as it all is, I think open source is important for society in general.

Got something to add? Send me email.

(OLDER)    <- More Stuff -> (NEWER)    (NEWEST)   

Printer Friendly Version

-> Lunatic Liberal Fringe and Linux


Inexpensive and informative Apple related e-books:

Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan

Take Control of Parallels Desktop 12

iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course

Take Control of Apple Mail, Third Edition

Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course

More Articles by © Tony Lawrence

Thu Sep 17 23:31:20 2009: 6928   BrettLegree

And, Linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose us.


But seriously - Linux (and F/OSS) will help level the playing field and allow people to do things they couldn't do with proprietary (and costly) software.

Thu Sep 17 23:34:32 2009: 6929   TonyLawrence

Yes - sometimes allowing even one man companies to compete succesfully with large corporations.


Printer Friendly Version

Have you tried Searching this site?

This is a Unix/Linux resource website. It contains technical articles about Unix, Linux and general computing related subjects, opinion, news, help files, how-to's, tutorials and more.

Contact us

Printer Friendly Version

Dead trees and polluting ink. I'll be happy to see them go. (Tony Lawrence)

Linux posts

Troubleshooting posts

This post tagged:



Unix/Linux Consultants

Skills Tests

Unix/Linux Book Reviews

My Unix/Linux Troubleshooting Book

This site runs on Linode

SCO Unix Sales, Support, & Service

Phone:  707-SCO-UNIX (707-726-8649Toll Free: 833-SCO-UNIX (833-726-8649)