Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Be thankful this time

SCO's case against Novell concerning the copyright of Unix related to Linux is finally dead. I never considered it as having any merit, but decisions defying logic could certainly happen in a court. We should all be thankful that is not the case this time.

It has been a test on how well the open-source model can stand against people's urge to keep all profit to themselves. The whole saga should make people think twice before trying to profit at other's expense: just because a certain way of business makes it difficult for everyone to keep profit all to himself, it still doesn't mean everyone would treat the model as an enemy.

I'm not as a staunch cheerleader for FOSS as Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is, but I'm certainly a strong supporter of it. The whole open-source way happens to bring out the best of us social animals in my opinion - everyone else benefits when you prosper, when doing it right. This makes less useful for our instinct to exploit and fight others to preserve our own genes, because the goal for your own benefit is aligned with others' welfare, and that makes us less animal and more... human, shall we say?

in reference to:

"Novell Wins! SCO Loses!"
- Novell Wins! SCO Loses! - Computerworld Blogs (view on Google Sidewiki)

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