An interesting discussion, and I think that a crack in the
the dominant individualist-capitalist ideology has allowed communal effort
and values a bigger piece of the scene. But I also think that one of the
main factors in the rise of open source software was and continues to be
the failure of the government to extend copyright protection to software.
Had I at any time be able to write a piece of software with the
guarantee that could, as the creator, profit from selling my work, I would
Now, with the rise of open source, things have changed. But back
in the 80s, I don't think I could have forseen the value of collaboration
in software development.
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