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- Subject: Neokolonialismus ?
- From: Heiko Recktenwald <UZS106@ibm.rhrz.uni-bonn.de>
- Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 03:49:30 +0100
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Der Arme haette mir nichts Dir nichts fast mal Beitrag zahlen muessen, anyway:
[now that all the big players are busy throwing their
weight behind linux (even MS, according to Simson Gar-
finkel) there are signs of an identity crisis in the
open source movement: questions about trademarks and
domains, is it capitalist, can it stay 'alternative,'
etc. but those questions are for overdeveloped areas;
for underdeveloped ones, open source will offer ways
to dispell the 'mysteries' of the latest versions of
neocolonialism: the technical domination of binaries,
the economic domination of software valued according
to G7 markets that forces 'piracy' on national or re-
gional scales, the linguistic domination of software
manufactured only in 'major languages.' this is when
we'll begin to see software constructed according to
totally different cultural frameworks. --cheers, tb]