Linux and Philosophy'

Stephen Shaw sshaw at decriptor.com
Sun Jul 17 09:18:23 MDT 2005


That is a really interesting analogy.  Thanks.

Stephen


On Sat, 2005-07-16 at 23:30 -0700, tuxgirl at gmail.com wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 16, 2005 at 09:35:37PM -0600, Michael Torrie wrote:
> > On Sat, 2005-07-16 at 20:04 -0600, Stephen Shaw wrote:
> > > I'm writing a paper for my ethics and values class at UVSC and my topic
> > > is Linux.  The approach that I'm taking is Open Source: Restoring
> > > Freedom.  The idea is that Microsoft has stolen our freedom to choose
> > > and that with all the things that surround Linux and the Open Source
> > > community we regain that freedom of choose. ie apps, OS, etc.  I was
> > > wondering what others thought about this.
> 
> A couple people here have already heard this, but my dad made an
> interesting observation one day when I was trying to explain the idea of
> OSS to him.  he compared what software companies have done with patents
> to the patenting of medical procedures (which has happened recently),
> and then compared proprietary software with doctors who discover
> revolutionary ways of treating patients, and then refuse to disclose the
> methods with other doctors, because they want to be the only ones who
> know it.  I thought it was an interesting and somewhat powerful
> analogy...
> 
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