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Linus explains why open source works

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 86.9.27.170] on August 12, 2007 04:02 PM
I'm with Linus on this one. As a cross-platform developer, I have no particular vested interest in either Windows or Linux taking the crown for best OS. What matters is that they are both available, so that we have the choice of which to use - use the best one for whichever situation you're in.

That said, his attitude of "enlightened self-interest" is exactly what attracts me to his point of view. The Free Software Foundation claim to promote freedom, but to me the GPLv3 stands against freedom by restricting commercial uses. I have no issues with commercial use of any open source product so long as the changes to the source are available, either publicly or on request.

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