Re: [OPE-L] OpenSource: a "new source of communism"

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Sun Dec 23 2007 - 14:15:49 EST

There is a list called Oekonux that debates these things, I subscribed to it for a short while,
but have ceased to follow it. As I understand it there is a debate between baseically between
communist inclined people and those who support open source as a 'business model'
Stephan Meratz as I recall it is the main person.
The list is a mix of German and English, with a high percentage of german contributors.

Paul Cockshott
Dept of Computing Science
University of Glasgow
+44 141 330 3125

-----Original Message-----
From: OPE-L on behalf of Howard Engelskirchen
Sent: Sun 23/12/2007 4:34 AM
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] OpenSource: a "new source of communism"
Paul and others,

I'd be interested in some theoretical elaboration of this -- why
would left wing computer people say so and what would they mean when
they say so?  How do they think existing relations of production are


At 05:25 PM 12/22/2007, you wrote:
>I think what Gates says here is what many left wing computer people
>would also say.
>Paul Cockshott
>Dept of Computing Science
>University of Glasgow
>+44 141 330 3125
>-----Original Message-----
>From: OPE-L on behalf of glevy@PRATT.EDU
>Sent: Sat 22/12/2007 5:34 PM
>Subject: [OPE-L] OpenSource: a "new source of communism"
>A short article from the English
>online version of
>published by the PCF, in which
>Bill Gates
>is quoted as saying
>that Open Source is a "new
>source of communism":
>  <>
>The article, though, doesn't
>identify the
>original source for
>the quote.
>In solidarity, Jerry

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