I was lucky enough to read J. Michaelson’s classic (well, 2004) magazine article entitled “There’s No Such Thing as a Free (Software) Lunch.”
He digs deep into the details of licensing and corporate acceptance of Free Software. He’s a lawyer so he doesn’t speculate, but I’ll connect the dots where he doesn’t. I’m going to reveal the dark secret of so-called “Free Software”.
Ignorance is Strength because if developers, corporate lawyers and corporations knew how complicated, varied and legally untested the licenses were, there would be much less innovation and confidence in Open Source.
Freedom is Slavery because code freedom is inversely proportional to developer freedom. The more “free” a piece of code is, the less a developer or corporation can do to integrate it into their products.
War is Peace because in the midst of flamewars, vicious IP lawsuits, and MS/Linux hate, the masses of Free Software users are productive, trusting, happy and idealistic.
You’ve seen this before, in George Orwell’s novel 1984 the three slogans of The Party are War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength! Big Brother anyone?