Talk:Free software

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It seems that most quotes are against open source software. Gakrivas 15:07, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

agreed, seems very biased!

added some pro oss quotes. -- 19:30, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Open Source Everything[edit]

This is a quote that appears on Wikipedia, but not here: The future is open-source everything, however the link from that page (originally) 2011-01-30. Retrieved 2012-10-25 (originally,com_mediadb/task,view/idstr,S-517352/Itemid,26) is broken So did Linus actually say this or not?

--Lev Lafayette (talk) 05:18, 16 January 2013 (UTC)


  • Open-source development violates almost all known management theories.
    • Marietta Baba, Dean of the College of Social Science, Michigan State University
  • Protecting essential freedoms is always a matter of restricting the actions that would deny them.
  • [W]e have a problem ... when the government funds open-source work. Government funding should be for work that is available to everybody. Open source is not available to commercial companies. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source. If the government wants to put something in the public domain, it should. Linux is not in the public domain. Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That's the way that the license works.
  • "Do you understand the GPL?" And they'll say, "Huh?" And they're pretty stunned when the Pac-Man-like nature of it is described to them. […] There is a part of open source called GPL [that] makes it impossible for a commercial company to use any of that work or build on any of that work. So what you saw with TCP/IP or (e-mail technology) Sendmail or the browser could never happen.
  • I assert that open source software—available widely through the Internet—has the potential to provide our nation's enemies or potential enemies with computing capabilities that are restricted by US law.
  • There are plans to rely on Linux to control our most advanced future defense systems, including the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS), the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), and the Global Information Grid (GIG). Until Linux achieves the same level of reliability and security required of commercial operating systems, it should not be used in critical defense systems.
    Now that foreign intelligence agencies and terrorists know that Linux is going to control our most advanced defense systems, they can use fake identities to contribute subversive software that will soon be incorporated into our most advanced defense systems.
  • Intellectual property (IP) socialism is the worst that can happen to any IP-based society ... and we are an IP-based society. If there is no way to protect IP, there is no reason to invest in IP.
    • SAP AG Executive Board member Shai Agassi, November 10, 2005, Speaking event at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley