Objectivism and Open Source

Shlomi Fish


                        
                    

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Revision History
Revision 503412 May 2008shlomif
Started keeping track of version. Changed the "book" schema to an "article"-based one. Changed more spelling to Commonwealth one. Changed the two-level of Ethics to "Ethical" and "Moral".

Table of Contents

Introduction
What is Open Source?
What is Objectivism?
About Neo-Tech
Two Levels of Ethics and How Open Source Measures Against Them
Why Open-Source is Ethical
Why Open-Source Development is Moral
Beyond Morality: Why Open Source is Good for You
Why the Apparent Dichotomy Exists in the First Place?
Open Source and Capitalism
The Open Source Community and Collectivism
Document Information
About the Author
Why this document was written?
Software Used in the Creation of this Document
Copyright
Thanks

Introduction

The "open source" movement is perhaps the most important phenomenon in the software world today. Thousands of developers and millions of users worldwide create, maintain, support and use high-quality software packages, that are made available for everyone to use, modify and distribute. Many Objectivists may reject this movement on the premises of it being anti-Capitalistic in nature. The aim of this document is to show that they need not and should not.

This document will demonstrate that working on open source software is not anti-Capitalistic, and that it is also an objectively moral and healthy activity. It will explain why there is no dichotomy between the open source world and Objectivism, and why Objectivists can support it, without having guilt feelings of behaving un-Capitalistically.