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Will politics or economics drive open source?

Using Debian as the example, Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet comments on what drives open source movements.
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Those with economic goals have little patience for political struggles. Those without such goals have little else to fight over. This, I think, is at the heart of the split between amateurs and professional open source firms.

The split is widened by the fact that economic actors do have a political agenda, namely maximum freedom to operate and profit from that work.

Which is why some open source advocates may be disquieted by this, word that Cuba's Communist government is embracing open source. It hurts them, politically, in gaining economic allies.

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