[linux-elitists] A plea for relief from Microsoft's escalating anti-competitive tactics

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Wed Mar 10 09:23:21 PST 2004


On Wed, Mar 10, 2004 at 09:04:05AM -0800, Teh Entar-Nick wrote:

> 	Shut up and code.

It would be sure cool to exist in an alternative universe, where industrial
and government interests couldn't reach. Some kind of hacker heaven, free do
think and to do whatever you like.

However, running a central distribution server costs real money, and as such
open to legal attack. Sure things will move to a p2p distribution model
before very long, but what if running p2p gets your hardware seized for 
effectively forever? Is this Linux kernel or NT kernel torrent? whatever!
launch the missiles, and later sort out the survivors in a secret 
compound.

The idea is to make open source (open content, open everything in fact) a
criminal niche where it can be comfortably ignored. Whether Microsoft,
Elsevier or RIAA, it doesn't really matter, they're all pulling at the same
leash.

Sure, after the nuclear glass cools down quite a few will be hanging 
out on Blacknets ("cypherpunks write code"), sparsely connected through 
trusted nodes. But is this a worthwhile future?

-- Eugen* Leitl <a href="http://leitl.org">leitl</a>
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