free market is not the answer
Posted Oct 19, 2006 13:51 UTC (Thu) by smitty_one_each
In reply to: free market is not the answer
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
>Let's stop attributing human qualities to an economic phenomenon, please. We might try to make something other than money drive us for a change.
Fair enough, but I have some difficulty with trying to view economic phenomena as pure abstraction: economics is a derivative of human behavior, subject to all of the usual chaotic influences. How does one _not_ anthropomorphize a fundamentally anthropomorphic thing?
I do agree, on a personal level, that "something other than money" would make a great driver. Externalizing my own non-monetary motives would probably bring in howls of derisive laughter, however. Money, OTOH, is the low-common-denominator metric that everyone at leasts understands, possibly without liking. Abstract motives attenuate rapidly; cold, hard cash drives far more people.
If you step back and look at the last couple of decades from a distance, FOSS has gone from nowhere to at least somewhere, and its adoption has a positive slope. Proprietary stuff, OTOH, is growing increasingly painful on all levels. I'll venture a guess that Vista proves to be the last OS excreted by Redmond.
Give it a couple of decades. Future so bright, we gotta wear cheap sunglasses.
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