[LINK] The Free Software Challenge In Latin America
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Sat Jun 4 18:22:35 EST 2005
Deus Ex Machina wrote:
> Antony Barry [tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au] wrote:
>>"The Free Software Challenge In Latin America"
>>By David Sugar
>>As nations of the world increasingly turn to free software to cut costs
>>and promote local development, some powerful North American commercial
>>interests have responded by bullying
> "On the other hand, in the world of free software, there are no such
> monopolies, so money that is spent on free software is good for creating
> jobs and hence offers other direct and local economic benefits."
> this is false. distribution of market share of open source products
> follows power law distributions.
> "In Latin America money that is spent on proprietary commercial software
> serves mainly to make already-rich foreign software publishers even
> so instead of creating wealth in latin america, latin open source acts
> to create capital diffusion. this is the very pattern that entrenches
> of course you cant possibly expect open source advocates to understand that
> last point. the notion of capital accumulation is rather disturbing
> to all good dotcommunists.
What it does do is retain capital in the Latin American countries
instead of dissapating it to N America, This has the effect of reducing
poverty - a concept you do not understand.
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