Is Linux a tool for greed?
By John Clingan on Jul 15, 2004
I read this article with interest. I'll over-simplify the argument and summarize it as "America is greedy, Linux is not result of greed". I'll simply agree that America is greedy (hey, that's capitalism). Of course, every other country is also greedy. Greed - and other countries - have been around long before America ...
My question is around this statement Mr. Koennig makes: "I prefer to take hold of Linux and stand once and for all for something, some tangible thing, that is overtly good and beneficial and not based on greed. Linux is no longer simply an operating system, it has become the instrument of light to uncover a deeply rooted greed that drives much in America. Let us hope that Linux will prevail."
Disclaimer: I am asking questions here, not making a statement. I am posting this blog entry from a Linux desktop. I am not against Linux. I have been running Linux for 3 of the past 5 years on my laptop (with two years of Solaris X86).
Initially, Linux was not based on greed. Is this true ... today? Aren't corporations both inside and outside of the US trying to make money off of Linux? Aren't many of the important contributors now corporations? Corporations are not doing this for the goodness of humanity. They are doing it to make money using various business models. Where would Linux be today without greedy corporations? Has Linux become a tool of greed both inside and outside America? Is Linux really an "instrument of light?" In practice, can Linux and greed be separated?