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Re: [ox-en] is free software 'disruptive'

On Fri, 17 Oct 2003, geert lovink wrote:

as many of today's business gurus claim? and what is this fancy buzzword
'disruptive' anyway all about? it's the romantic idea of the business
(wo)man as revolutionary... a variation of the old idea that destruction is
good for capitalism.

  The problem is that "The Innovators Dillema" talks about disruptive
technologies, while "free software" is not a technology but a methodology
( protected by license agreements) used for the creation of technology.

  Ignoring that distinction, is it disruptive?  I believe FLOSS will (is)  
radically change how software is created and used.  We are moving from a
world of centralized vendor control protected by extremist monopoly
protection, to a decentralized world where what is protected is the
freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve software (and
from software, other knowledge).

  None of the other technologies listed in that blurb will have anywhere
near the transformative effects that FLOSS and other open collaborative
methodologies are having.

 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <> 
 Governance software that controls ICT, automates government policy, or
 electronically counts votes, shouldn't be bought any more than 
 politicians should be bought.  --


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