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ygfperson
03-23-2002, 02:35 PM
as some of you know, i'm doing a project on the open source movement. forgetting all the arguements of web pages and companies on both sides of the issue, what is your opinion on the value of software?

does software have a value in money? there's something called the gift culture. in a gift culture a person's value is based on how much he/she gives. some say that the open-source community is a gift culture. what does this say about the value of money?

money has a value because it represents what we have. in a gift culture necessities are abundant, ie, nothing is needed. the open-source community works in its members' free time. iyo(in your opinion), how will that attitude spread throughout the rest of the economy?

Sorensen
03-23-2002, 02:38 PM
Communism has already been tried, and it wasn't very successful.

ygfperson
03-23-2002, 02:45 PM
this isn't clear-cut communism. i'm not talking about a government revolution to spread the wealth evenly and crush poverty, destroy captialism, work on thursdays, etc... the gift culture happens in an abundance of materials. it's a gift culture when rich people donate to a school or hospital. they do it for moral purposes, but also to seem more moral than others.

i'll reword: do you think that anything from the open-source movement will spread to other areas of life?

Brian
03-23-2002, 03:36 PM
Communism works.

Everyone can be a Communist if they just follow every word I say and name a city after me.

It will work, I promise.