[discuss] Reuters: Novell could be banned from selling Linux:
Aaron J. Seigo
aseigo at kde.org
Mon Feb 12 17:50:46 EST 2007
On February 12, 2007, Andrew Kohlsmith wrote:
> Don't mince words; "without ethics" means exactly that: unethical.
actually, it doesn't. it may have been RMS' intention to cause such confusion
when/if he said that (i'm not him, so i really don't know), but in the case
of open source the phrase "without ethics" refers to how it espouses the dry
pragmatic benefits of free sotware. it is not equivalent to saying that
it "denounces the ethics" or violates the same.
if you speak with bruce perens, for instance, who came up with the term with
eric you will find that the ethics are still tantamount just not part of the
presentation slides when it's "open source".
being able to speak both ways is important as neither approach is universally
useful or universally "right". we need both: an approach that dissects the
ethics and social consequences of same and an approach that highlights the
pragmatic benefits such as risk management.
personally, i switch between the two approaches depending on the audience i'm
addressing. both/and, not either/or.
my concern is that when people become polarized because of personalities
within the community (i find individuals on both "sides" to be insufferable
at times =) we will lose important tools at our disposal, not to mention
waste our energy on useless conversation and aggravation.
Aaron J. Seigo
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