4/06/2004

"M$ advocacy" on LUG mailing lists, the effect of the anomalies in the term "Open Source"..

       I've been watching this .NET related flamewars on various LUG mailing lists. These .NET people are confusing the public by claiming that M$ is for 'Open Source'. They claim that the opening up of .NET technologies explains the motives of M$ very well. Frankly, I dont seem to understand the need of .NET over Java. Me basically being a systems programmer, who is happy with C and Assembler, had not found a chance to look into .NET. But whatsoever, the entire concept of .NET plainly looks like a buisness venture of trapping large volumes of students and programmers. DotNet is open to the public, but the platforms on which they run are not open to the public. This is a trap laid out carefully by M$. These so called "M$ student evangelists" confuse the student community by talking about DotNET on LUG mailing lists and meetings. They basically work as the "honeypots" to lure the bees to eternal slavery.
       If M$ is really for Open Source, then why isnt it opening up the source to the public as such. These student evangelists claim that M$ does open up its source to universities and other interested parties. This is the anomaly caused by the term "Open Source". The public is lead to believe that it is enough that the source is available to some one (though not themselves). The social and ethical need to permit the distribution of Software with its source is being sidelined. The attention of the public being sidelined, the corporate has been successful in injecting their idea of "Open Source" into the public's thinking. Now since they hold a monopoly on marketing, their model of "Opening the source" becomes a sufficient condition for a software to be labled "Open Source". In order to stop this anomaly, it is required that the public realize the difference between "Open Source" and "Free Software", and support the right cause. There is a split in the thinking even among the converted users of GNU/Linux. Before going to the public, this difference within the community has to be resolved.
       Will the recent experience on the ILUG-Chennai mailing lists (.NET, M$ advocacy) and the ILUG-Madurai meetings strike a chord in the minds of the "Free Software" communities to act wisely before it is too late??

The question needs to be answered.

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