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  •  Open source covers a wide spectrum (2+ / 0-)
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    psnyder, keirdubois

    Not all who work in open source are idealists. Many open source projects exist for practical reasons. In the other sciences, it is generally recognized that peer review leads to higher quality science. In computer science, for some reason, some people think that secrecy will produce better results. That is more akin to alchemy than science.

    The idea that any sorts of information tools can possibly remain secret for any extended period is a bit naive. "Information wants to be free" is not an ideological statement, it is merely an observation couched in anthropomorphic terms.

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