Communist, eh?

As happens every once in a while, this article tries to spread the FUD that the FOSS movement is a communist movement. That is completely untrue as the developer is free to charge for value-added services. For example, Novell makes a boxed product that sells for $100. You could download it for free, but if you pay the money you get a manual and support. Likewise, Madriva is free to download, but you can pay for the priveledges to get the downloads first by being part of the Mandriva Club. FOSS requires a paradigm shift and some are scared and can’t see how to make money this way so they call it communism. It’s ok, most people are afraid of new things.

Here’s a better refutation than I could muster, as my mind is full of other things right now.

Author: Eric Mesa

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